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clared at the rati s per annum of four and one-quarter 'i 1 ,) per cent on 
term deposits and four ii> per cent on ordinary deposits, free of taxes. 
payable on and after Saturday, January 2, 1909 

Depositors are entitled to draw their dividends at any time -luring the 
succeeding half year. A dividend not drawn will be added to the 
account, becomi e part thereof, and earn dividend from January 1st. 

Money deposited during the first ten days in . January will I ■ ■■ dlvl tend 

from January 1st. 


Office — X. W. Cor, California and Montgomery streets, 

The Savings and Loan Society. 
(Member of Associated Savings Banks of San Francisco.) 
For the half year ending ! >ecember 31, 1908, a dividend has been de- 
clared at the rate of four \\\ per cent per annum on ail deposits. fn*<- 
of taxes, payable on and after Saturday, January _. 1909, Dividends not 
called for are added to and bear the same rate of Interest as the prii Ipal 
from January 1, 11)09. Money deposited before January 10th will draw 
interest from January 1. 1909, 

Office — 101 Montgomery St.. corner Sutter St. 

The German Savings and Loan Society. 
(Membei of Associated Savings Banks of San I 
For the half yeai ending December 31, 1908, a dividend has be 
clared at the rate of four (4) per cent per annum on all deposits, free oi 
taxes, payable "ii and after Saturday, Januarj 2, 1909. i ilvldends not 
called lor are added to and bear thi same rate of Interest as the prln Ipal 
from January 1. 1909. 

GEORGE TOURNY, Se< retary. 
Office ">-''' California Street Mission Branch— 2572 Mission street, near 

Central Trust Company of California. 

For the hair year ending December 31, 1908, a dividend has been de- 
clared on deposits in the Savings department of tiiis bank at the rate "f 
four ill per cent per an n, free of taxes, payable on and after Satur- 
day, January 2, 1909, Dividends not called for are added to and 
ame rate of Interest as the principal from January l. 1909. 

ii. <_;, TOGNAZZI, Manage i 
Office — Market ami Sansome streets. Branches: 624 Van Ness i 
and 3039 Sixteenth street. 

Security Savings Bank. 
(Member of associated Savings Banks ol San Fran Is 
For the half year ending December 31, 1908, dividends upon all deposits 
at the rate of four (4) pei cent per annum, free "i taxes, will be i 
on and after January -'■ 1909. 

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San Francisco, Cat., Saturday, January 2, 1909 

No. 1 

TISER is printed and published every Saturday by the Proprietor. Fred- 
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TISER, should be sent to the office not later than Thursday morning. 

A Happy New Year. 

The race track must go. 

Here's health and happiness. 

A Happy New Year, Mr. Taft. 

May you enjoy a regular California year. 

May you have all the goorl things and none of the bad. 

Make up your mind for this year that you will kwitehyer- 


Fornker still blows his bugle, but the fish he lias for sale 

is tainted. 

The Legislature must attend to the track evil. Kill the 

crimes factory. 

Shorten the chances for the track and you lessen the num- 
ber of criminals. 

"Do not open until Christmas!" You will nol aee the 

legend again for a year. 

Smile, and the world smiles with you al fifteen cents a 

smile, or two Eor a quarter. 
This would be the greatesi year in a decade if it re Is 

the death of the Emeryville track. 

Shall il be said thai California is the only State in the 

union which si ill maintains ;> crimes factory? 

The Panama ('anal will be built, despite the little Ameri- 

cana in the pay el' the transcontinental railroads. 

Congress bad better forge! the mailer of the message and 

let by-gonea be by-gones, because the Presideni 

The Christmas News Letter was ;i revelation to all. It is 

being seni Easl aa "exhibit one" to show California's prosperity. 

Are the seasons changing? Well. no. The sudden cold 

is due to the rumor that we were about to be visited by an In- 
diana statesman. 

When Rooseveli Bee he will direct that his , 

vocabulary be given Mr. Taft. There are live now definitions 
el' liar thai have never been published. 

Professor It mp] has discovered the kev to the Etruscan 

language. New. it' some one « r a key to the average 

after-dinner oration, we will die happy. 

All California experts this Legislature to provide liher- 

allv for a State road-building fund. Let the State build the 
inter-county roads. We want good roads. 

Mr. Carnegie says be believes in profit sharing 1 

some this way, old boy. There is only one way to convince us. 
and that is through a practical demonstration I 

When the American flag guaranteed full representation 

in local Government in the Philippines, 'hen began the move- 
•nent for freedom from domination all over the Orient. 

.Tim Hill's line to the Gulf means that the old Mississippi 

o out of busini her as a transportation factor, 

or lhat it may resume business on . le than ever be- 

ill have the say whether this great water- 
to be unproved or not. There should be deep water from S 

he Gulf. ^f^Tcri A 5 ^ 


Carnegie is a josher. but if he were not a millionaire, his 

jokes would entitle him to a pass to an asylum for imbeciles or 
merit commitment to jail for contempt for a period of ten years. 

A recent census makes it plain that out of every 281 peo- 
ple in the British Islands one is crazy. There has been no at- 
tempt at- revising these figures since the suffragette movement 

By the time this issue reaches the public, Mr. Buef should 

be on his way to take the rest cure at San Quentin. We say he 
should be, but the law, the judges and the attorneys will prob- 
ililv find some new excuse to keep him out, of jail. 

It is said that the trouble in India is "not political but 

racial." The English statesmen, like Morley. arc mistaken. It 
is both. Mend your politics and it will mend your race. Beware 
a young India ! 

Hobson is wandering around Washington, trying to find 

some one who will listen to bis tale of woe about the Japanese. 
He says he will be forced to come out to San Francisco, where he 
can tell the story every night to the Asiatic Exclusion Leaguers, 
["hey never tire of that sort of thing out here. 

The eyes of science are on Nat Goodwin and 

others. A German sciential writea to Bay thai divorce, in ii 
lutionary effects, will "lead to a noblei conjugal life." We have 
often wondered ivha : ated Eor, and al las'. 

we havi dif overed a use for one of ihe aforesaid. 

Bryan Bits up in his political coffin and says that "free 

silver would have averted the panic of last year!!" What panic? 

laid panic:' Free silver ns a political issi 
Bryan. Bryan doesn'l know it. 'bough, and it amuses him to 
stick his head up over the edg< >wl 1 

Why do boys leave the farm? That is the question thai is 

ng the Middle West. Well, if all farms were like Cali- 
fornia farms, the boys would not leave them. Give the farmer 

good roads. Give him village theatres with road shows, and 
let him have cheap tl OH, and the boy will remain :it 


With John Hays Hammond in charge of a new portfolio. 

lo l>c called the Department of National Public works, we would 
soon have something diding in the line of public improvement-. 
This department should have charge of many things now under 
other departments ; and not well ■lone. It would be an improve- 
ment of the publi the line of specialization, and no 
man in this country is better fitted than Mr. Hammond I 
of this kind of a proposition. 

Senator Stone, of Missouri, says that the Philippine 

Islanders a e for themselves than arc 

is or the Cubans - 8 ne was in the Philip- 

weeks ! l [ know- 

if Cuba he acquired by r. 

orely knov 

i what he's talking about. I; 8 know 

anything ab «t then Stone is like 

Rrving Winalow, the PeTennuJ-Trouble-Bi : He 

more than Solomon or old man Ta' 
■n with a man in Manila who ' to a half- 

whowat lital, the pal mar- 

riaire to Aguina 

.nished citizens ban-! 
useless to look into the matter any farther. as they h 
their lives right on the spot, an w, and why shouldn't 

nd it an unanswerable argument, and he 

join t 


William J. Burns 

In every civilization, society has 
reached no lower level in its classi- 
fications than that of hired spies and 
informers. In Borne, the informer 
was regarded with as much loathing and contempl as the pariah 
who lived on the offal of the alleys. Tn At liens he was an outcast, 
and from the days of Judas to that of William .1. Bums, the 
professional spy and informer has offended the nostrils of honest 
men in brave communities. Tyrants, demagogues and conspira- 
tors, however, cannot maintain themselves without the spy sys- 
tem. Usually their power is based, and their ambition centered, 
not on their own strength, but on the secrets they can worm 
from, or the plots they can hatch against, those who stand in 
their way, and whom they wish to destroy. The man who does 
not dare to fight in the open finds his strongest instrument in 
the sneaking spy who "trails" his enemy to find some weak spot 
in his armor. 

"work up" certain Chinese cases. The cases against the Chinese 
were child's play, and indictments were promptly returned, but 
the Chinese have not been prosecuted. Fremont Older made the 
Chinese cases his excuse for securing the President's sanction to 
the employment in San Francisco of both Mr. Heney and Burns, 
and these two imported agents of justice have been kept so 
busy in other directions that the Chinese indictments long ago 
were swept to the bottom of the District Attorney's waste-paper 

But William J. Burns was imported more than two years ago, 
and it is nearly two years ago since he declared that he had un- 
earthed more than all the evidence necessary to warrant many 
hundreds of indictments and io send several scores of citizens to 
the penitentiary. Therefore, the main function for which Burns 
was imported, that of securing evidence against those persons 
whom Messrs. Spreckels. Phelan, Older, et al.. had marked for 
slaughter, was long ago discharged. 

The Spy System. 

San Francisco to-day is maintain- 
ing a spy system for which it would 
be hard to find a precedent 
without reverting to the darkest days of the Middle Ages. For 
the last six months, the people of San Francisco themselves have 
been forced to pay for this system, which was imported, installed 
and directed by a private citizen for his private purposes. The 
system has invaded, and is still invading, practically every home 
in San Francisco. By its operation, lists have been prepared of 
thousands of citizens, with information, obtained by various false 
pretenses, as to their private business, personal record and opin- 
ion. These lists have been prepared for several purposes — 
mainly, however, that the civic department of justice, known as 
tin? District Attorney's office, may be informed of the private 
prejudices, or interests, of as many citizen-" as possible who may 
lie summoned for jury duty. The information thus gained has 
also been used for political advantage, and it is designed that in 
forthcoming campaigns the lists may prove almost as useful as 
in the impaneling of jurors. Thus are San Franciscans being 
taxed to have their homes invaded by disreputable characters, 
and thus an elaborate system of espionage has been evolved I hat 
has no parallel in modern history, except, possibly, in Russia. 
The people are being made to pay to build up a perfected system 
of jury "planting" and political machinery, in order that private 
schemes of vengeance and ambition may be consummated, and 
by this system their homes are invaded by spies and their honesty 
challenged in court. In a recent trial, talesman after talesman 
was subjected to gross insult by the testimony of one or other of 
the Burns spies, whose word invariably seemed f" he preferred 
by the court to that of the citizen himself. 

Current Expense 

For the privileges of this spy system, 
totally at variance to the traditions 
of American liberty, the city is pay- 
ing some $5,000 a month, all of 
which money is dispensed by "Special Agent" William J. Burns, 
who himself draws a princely salary of $625 a month beside; as 
liberal allowance as he chooses to make for himself for current 

The public, which is thus being mulcted to support Burns and 
to consummate the conspiracies of his private musters, only oc- 
casionally and accidentally is vouchsafed any information what- 
soever as to the nature of the services which Burns and his crew 

Burns was imported by Rudolph Spreckels to gather evidence 
for the so-called graft prosecution. He was "borrowed" from 
the secret service of the Federal Government on a false pretense. 
Th authorities at Washington gave their consent to this extra- 
neous employment of the moustachioed sleuth that he might 

Results Wanted. 

What, then, has been the main field 
for the energies of William J. Burns 
and his expensive corps of "opera- 
tives" since he accumulated by research, elaboration, intrigue 
and invention all the "necessary evidence?" 

For several months, since the notable failure of the prosecu- 
tion to secure the convictions of which in advance they had 
boasted so confidently, the energies of the Burns system have been 
concentrated on a wholesale plan of discovering prospective jur- 
ors friendly to the prosecution or pronouncedly hostile to the 
defense. In various guises, under various false pretense, Burns 
agents have intruded themselves into the homes of thousands of 
citizens with the intention of discovering what the attitude of 
the master of the house was towards Mr. Spreckels and his prose- 
cution. Frequently the man could not be found, in which event 
the quest would ho satisfied by an interview with some member of 
his household, his wife or daughter, and a report was made on 
what she believed was the opinion of husband or father. 

The twelve judges of the Superior Court are now engaged in 
preparing lists of 2100 citizens to be summoned for jury duty 
during the coming year. Is it unreasonable to suppose that 
those judges who obeyed the summons to midnight conferences 
would have any scruples about inspecting and taking a hint from 
the Burns lists of such citizens as he considers desirable for jurv 

In the remarkable Blake-Murphy episode may be found a 
thoroughly illuminating instance of the intrigues of Win. .T. 
Burns. Suppose for a moment — and. as it will be shown, it is a 
perfectly reasonable hypothesis — that from the first Blake was a 
tool in the hands of Burns, that the whole episode evolved from 
a trap laid by Burns in the hope of snaring Ruef's attorneys and 
of making good his oft-repeated assertion that no man in previous 
graft trials had escaped punishment except through the corrup- 
tion of jurors. 

It must be admitted that Burns, as well as every other figure 
in the prosecution, was at his wits'-end, and almost at the end 
of his rope after the refusal of the jury to convict Ruef in the 
Parkside trial. From that moment, everv effort on the part of 
the District. Attorney's "special agent" was concentrated upon 
the next Ruef jury. This was soon evidenced by the activitj of 
Burns men and by such conduct as laid the foundation for Burns 
himself hcing tried for contempt of court on account of tamper- 
ing with talesmen. This was also shown by the conviction and 
punishment of the son of his chief lieutenant, Charles Oliver. Jr.. 
who had the assurance to approach jurors even after they bad 
been sworn, and in deliberate violation of the specific orders of 
the court. Judge Lawlor. however, whitewashed Burns of the 
first offense and considered imprisonment for one day sufficient 
retribution for each of Oliver's "youthful indiscretions." 

January 2, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


Now if any one believes that the 
Stkffens as a WITNESS, conscience of Mr. Wm. J. Burns can 

ever be burdened by any scruples or 
that he is apt to draw nice distinction between honest and dishon- 
est methods when he is hunting a quarry, he must be strangely 
unfamiliar with the man and his methods. One has only to re- 
fer In the eulogies of his erstwhile friend and admirer, Lincoln 
Steffcns, chief of the now decaying muck-rakers, to learn that all 
Burns's masterpieces have depended on crafty deception, some 
forms of which are known to the initiated as "pouring in the 
poison" and "frame-ups." It was Burns who poured sufficient 
poison into the mind of the dull-witted Lonergan so that the ex- 
Supervisor played a leading part in the "frame-up" that Burns 
staged for the trapping of his fellow supervisors. It was Burns 
who, by day and night for manv weeks, "poured the poison" into 
the equally cunning brain of Abraham Ruef, and who was re- 
sponsible for that exquisite "frame-up" brought off with such 
dramatic effect and such pathetic tears in Judge Dunne's court 
when Ruef "confessed" and became the prosecution's right-hand 
man. ' 

Clatwianos Team. 

One of the Gallagher dynamiters 
was sentenced last week to imprison- 
ment for life, and the most substan- 
tial testimony against him was^his own confession as repeated to 
the jury by Wm. J. Burns. Doubtless Peter Claudianos got his 
deserts, but he has denied the Burns confession, and it is unfor- 
tunate that the punishment of any human creature should hinge 
on such testimony. Burns, as every San Franciscan knows, is a 
past-master in the subtle art of .obtaining "confessions." Accord- 
ing to the testimony of Chauffeur Lathan in the last Ruef trial, 
when Burns wanted a statement from Lathan. the detective pie- 
pared an affidavit, in which was introduced everv detail of evi- 
dence that Burns required, and compelled Lathan to sign it.. 
When Lathan was put on the witness stand, he positively denied 
nny knowledge of the "facts" prepared for him by Burns. There 
must always be grave suspicion concerning evidence procured by 
the spy system, and through the method known as "the third de- 
gree." The .dangers of the Bystem arc too transparent I" ueed 
demonstration. It is far easier to manufacture evidence than to 
discover it, and for this obvious -eason. evidence "secured" by 
spies of the Burns brand, who are always hungry for the glory 
of conviction, has always been open In suspicion, and is not ac- 
cepted by the courts without the must substantial corroboration. 

Burns's own dabbling in a dvnamite 
Dywmite Specialist. "job" has almost been forgot! 

this time. But it was an episode of 
startling significance and ante-dated (he attempts to blow up 
Gallagher's residence. J. YV. Maev. a detective for a short time 
in the employ of the United Railroads, bad been appn 
by a man named Wllhelnj with an offer to make dvnamite bombs. 
Maev thought so little of the suggestion that he did not even re- 
port the circumstance to the United Railroads. Subsequently, 
however, Macy left the employ of the street ear company and 
went to work for Wm. J. Burns to whom he had confided Wil- 
helm's offer. Under Burns's orders. Maev opened up negotiations 
with Wilhelm, representing himself to be still in the emplov of 
the United Railroads, and giving Wilhelm an order to manufac- 
ture bombs. In Macy's company, Wilhelm purchased ten pounds 
of dynamite at Vigorit, and the bombs were manufactured ac- 
cording to Burns's orders. Wilhelm. still in the company of 
Burns's agent, brought five bombs to San Francisco. Fehruarv 
83d, and Burns caused his arrest. The bombs, however, were dis- 

1 to be harmless, and Wilhelm was released. \ cog. it 
seems, had slipped in the ingenious machine designed by Wm. 
J, Burns, and exposure followed this characteristic "frame-up." 
Rut for what other purpose could this sinister plot have been 
•pt that Burns might spring a great sensation and 
deceive the public by the pretended discovery of a dastardly out- 
rage on the part of the "higher-ups." The spy who won' 

lich tactics need -idered — except bv the 

League of Justice — above suborning perjury, "planting" jurors 
or any design however treacherous and rile, calculated to injure 
his master's enemies. 

«bly, however, the most .ontcmptil in Burns's 

San Francisco career ; s that laid bare last week at the coroner' 5 
inquest over the bodv of the late Chief of Police Wm. J 
Acting Chief of Police Cutler, Police Commissioner Keil and 

Captain of Detectives Kelly all testified that the late chief had 
complained bitterly of the perpetual hounding of himself bv 
Burns's men. It appears that San Francisco's Chief of Police 
could go nowhere, do nothing, without being trailed and dogged 
by Burns and his spies. The absurdity of the situation might be 
emphasized if it had not been fraught with such tragic conse- 
quences. And Chief Biggy was subjected to this disgraceful es- 
pionage simply because be had refused to prostitute his office to 
Burns's orders and designs. It will be remembered that Wm. 
J. Biggy had been Burns's friend and adherent. It was he who 
was in charge of Ruef's person, and his private prison, while 
Burns was putting Ruef through various "degrees," "pouring in 
the poison," and staging the great Burns-Ruef "confession." And 
it was mainly because it was believed that Biggy would work har- 
moniously with Rums and be an obedient wheel-horse for the 
prosecution that Mr. Spreckels and his lieutenants arranged 
Biggy's appointment. But because Biggy had a back-bone, a 
mind and a conscience of his own, and because he would not 
surrender the police department to Burns's control and direction. 
Burns, with the support of the Spreckels organs, set about to un- 
do Biggy. No trick was too dirty to employ for that end. And 
those who drove Wm. .T. Biggy to his end can console themselves 
as best they may with the verdict of "accidental drowning." 

The reign of graft was hideous and abominable enough, but 
who shall say that the tyranny and outrage of the Burns spy 
system is not even a more corrupting and destroying influence? 

Averting a great fire by his attention 
The Special Police. to duty has earned for one special 

policeman the thanks of a large 
city. The man v red the conditions existing in Rosen- 

thal's shoe house, at the time of the discovery of the plant of 

the incendiaries, deserves much more than mere thanks. 

The work of this man should be brought to the mind of all 
— the public and the regular police — bv a pension allotted to him 
by the insurance companies, directly benefited bv his work. There 

is no public fund for sin h a purpose, and short of a special law. 
Mi' to bring the matter properlv to a head to the end 
that the man be suitably rewarded, and it i- no! >,, nun h to re- 
ward the individual that :'■ bul with the 
idea of making it an o ii to others. All watchmen 
know that I corporations appreciate such services. The 
watchman should be given a life pension bv the insnram ii 
and such others as were benefited bv the timely disi 
of the attempt at arson. 

M MI-.H ILL To" i - 

Marshall Towe is the gent! 
who is burdened with the duty of 
taking care of (he results of fires. 
and ferreting out the le, 11 : - quo ng that 

be has come to some sort of conviction as to the Rosenthal fire, 
and that he does not desire to make it public, i the re- 

bility of the people included in the directorship of the big 
shoe hi - that it in- 

'I sort of investigation, and certainly the best way for 
Marshall Towe to clear them of suspicion is to make all fa 
>n known. If he has secured anv evidence the 
suspicion on the firm, or memhers of it. b inly making 

ike when he withh" from the publii 

his language is such, in its obaenreness, that it thro 
where he is apparently trying I Mine one from unjust 

suspicion. A puhlic of upying the responsible and im- 

portant position held by Mr. Towe. should not be influen 
reputation or the lack "of ir. B should be the actu 
alone of crime that should weigh. In Mr. To» D it is 

rv that a man be endowed with fine perception and 
ness. unless flagrant facts command Mr. Tow 

have been misqr. 

The 'tit with a - 

Out with - 

the desire to clear the dockets of n ter that w 

agTeeable. The sentencing 
in disobeying and mL - 
at a n 
the etT 
certain cir. - these dis .v' 

San Francisco News Letter 

January 2, 1909. 

of the parties who have been sentenced, it must not surprise the 
court that it meets with disapproval. 

It is high time that some sort of backbone had been infused 
in the Supreme Court. It is high time that, high and low, peo- 
ple who defy the majesty of the State as typified in the laws 
should be made to feel the penalty of their temerity. In Mis- 
souri, the Supreme Court of that State has deprived the Stand- 
ard Oil Company from ever doing business; it has practically 
forbidden the said corporation from trafficking even under the 
name of another corporation or through another corporation, in 
the State. of Missouri. In California, the law was vindicated in the 
ease of the Claudianos dynamiter in Oakland by a lite sentence 
to the confessed dynamiter. Ruef escapes being sentenced, am! 
"he will receive his quietus, after Christmas; that is. nn next 
Tuesday. There is little probability of bis obtaining a further 
stay. We can only repeat that, it is our hope that the errors 
committed in the attorneys for the prosecution will not compel 
the Appellate Court to give him a new trial. 

The Missouri decision and the rebate decision by the Supreme 
Court will go a great way to prevent infractions of the law by 
corporations. The decision in the cases of Gompers, el al., will 
teach a very large proportion of the community a respect tor the 
law which lias been of late woefully lacking in almost every class 
of society. Xo one who has followed the career of John Mit- 
chell but will feel sympathy for him in this trouble. Gompers is 
of another stripe, and is such an agitator ami unscrupulous 
politician that little sympathy — outside of that engendered by 
the class hatred that gives him an excuse to be notorious — will be 
given him. 

Gompers has been exposed and exploited in the Bast as a para- ' 
site on labor to such an extent that it is not necessary for us to 
speak of the matter here. Any one who wishes to know why we 
hold the opinions we do as regards this man is referred to the 
journal called "American Industries."' the organ of the manu- 
facturers of America, a very capably edited and conservative 

During the year past, the editor has placed documentary evi- 
dence in the columns of this paper that no citizen can afford to 
overlook as regards the Gompers man. This evidence is of larger 
importance to the labor element than to any one else. Every 
labor organization should look into the character of its represen- 

Mr. Mitchell's career is so full of good things, so signalized 
by self-sacrifice, so patriotic, that he must always overlook any 
little errors of the bead and heart made in the interests of the 
lowly he loves so disinterestedly. We are sorry that Mr. Mitchell 
is found in bad company, but time is the great doctor, and time 
will heal all wounds. Time also will bring about mental 
changes. Mr. Mitchell probably now realizes that the nation, the 
whole nation, is a bigger thing than the Federation of Labor. 
If he does not realize that this is the most hygienic belief he can 
entertain, it is certain he will come around to that belief later 
on, just as the railroads will come around to it, just as the 
Standard Oil will come around to it. There can be but one ulti- 
mate source of power and justice in this country, ami its voice 
is the law — the law of the people, not of one elass. one man or 
one corporation. The whole people, one and indivisible, speaks 
through the law of the land. This is what lias smitten Gompers, 
et al. in their arrogance and wrong-headed Qess. This is the 
thing these men defied, just a- the big corporations have defied it 
and have been compelled to suffer the consequences. 

Tt would seem most marvelous to 
Messages from Mars. hear from Mars. Yet this is not an 

impossible thing. Recently the 
wireless telegraph has made vast strides in perfecting the send- 
ing and the receiving of messages. Tt seems that vessels some 
1800 miles away are communicating with the mainland, with 
ease, and we are bearing from Alaskan waters and from Central 
America and the Hawaiian Islands all at the same time. It is 
yet to be shown that the wireless telegraph is something more 
than a convenience. It is said by some that it can never lie a 
great money-making commercial proposition. It is subject to 30 
many interferences by other currents than wireless, and' it is also 
subject to interference by the various wireless currents to such an 
extent that the Governmental authorities are asking for some 
sort of law to control the youths who have erected private plains 
for the transmission of messages around the bay. Marconi him- 
self has just announced that the tuning of messages, relied upon 

as a means of keeping messages private, can be entirely over- 
come by a recent invention, and that a receiver may take any mes- 
sages tuned in any key. There will have to be many improve- 
ments made before the wireless will be a practical thing even in 
times of peace. In war it is doubtful if it is a benefit to the 
contending parties, hi the Japanese war. we know that mes- 
sages were interfered with to such an extent that it was well nigh 
impossible to make use of the information received. In the 
matter of new discoveries, it is best to be optimistic, and it is 
more than probable that all of the difficulties may be overcome in 
these matters of wireless telegraphy as they have been in all 
other inventions. 

Recently the operators in San Francisco have found themselves 
in receipt of strange messages in an unknown code. Some days 

ago. the Operators on Mount Wilson were surprised at the \ isl 

increase in strength. of the messages received in this unknown 
code. It was noticed that the messages came at regular intervals, 
ami that the sending force must have been from instruments 
possessed of much greater power than any known to be owned in 
this country or in Japan, and. stranger -till, the intensity of the 

ssage and its clearness increased as the operators ascended the 

mountain. On the mountain top the crashes of the> sending ap- 
paratus came in many time- stronger than the record of instru- 
ments at Los Angeles, the nearesl station having powerful in- 
struments. The question, in this unintelligible language of the 
air. came again and again. It seemed a repetition of the same 
query. Was it Mars talking to us? .Why not? 

Land Httngeb 

ix Japan. 

A writer in the New York Sun 
states that so precious is land in the 
Empire of the Mikado "that re- 
cently when the Government built a 
new railroad across the main island of Hondo, hundreds of 
claims had to be settled for the dors of ground pre-empted for 
the erection of telegraph poles." He also paints an appalling 
picture of the poverty-stricken farmer, toiling with his wile and 
daughter from dawn to dark, nn a farm no bigger than the court 
of an apartment house airshaft. If such be the case, who can 
decry the land hunger of Japan as manifested in its acquisition 
of Formosa ami Korea, and who can refuse to give due credit to 
such a people for the splendid reception they gave the American 

Chief Wiley proposes to prohibit the importation of ab- 
sinthe. That'.- a good idea, but just look at the lot of the stuff 
the Frenchmen would have to drink to prevent a glut of the 

— Ladles, when you're shopping and grow hungry, don't you know. 
Swain's Is quite convenient, and 'tis there you ought to go; 
The pastry Is delicious, and the meats and wines are fine — 
Swain's for hungry people is the place where they should dine' 
Swain's Restaurant, Van Ness avenue, near Sutter. 





No Branch Stores. No Agents. 






jgjan jfcancisnaa. 

This ready-made clothes industry to-day is one of (he country's largest enterprises. 
Today nobody that is well posted would think of having a pair of shoes, a shirt, 
underwear or hat made to measure. The art of fitting by capable designers has 
advanced the standard of ready clothes. Our clothes have converted men who used 
to have their clothes made to order. Ask "my tailor!" and they arc more than 

Jewelers Building, Posl Street, near Kearny, San Francisco 

.1 v\[-\ky 8, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


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The ladies of local sassiety are awaiting with an eager- 
ness worthy of a more tempestuous cause the final ruling in the 
matter of the exclusion from the mails of invitations to bridge 
whist parties where the stakes are real coin. All sorts of theories 
and arguments and opinions have been advanced to endeavor, to 
prove that certain individuals and corporations are interested in 
seeing that the laws of the United States as regards postal regu- 
lalidii are enforced. Some seem to think that the telephone com- 
pany is desirous of obtaining an increase in income in the event 
that invitations to bridge whist parties are telephoned instead of 
written and mailed, and the whole affair is at least becoming a 
favorite subject for pow-wows over many an afternoon cup of 
tea. Some of the austere matrons have adopted quite a bellig- 
erent attitude and have declared that the Postmaster-General, in 
deciding that invitations to whist parties where money is at 
stake are gambling propositions, has shown that he is a horrid 
old thing. ' 

And so the merry game rolls on. Many of the indigo-blooded 
folk of the female gender declare that it's nobody's business 
what communication is sent to a friend so long as the postage is 
paid; others reluctantly say that they will have to use the tele- 
phone in order to secure a quorum at their evening gambles, and 
others say that the postal authorities are brutes — so there ! 

But Postal Inspector James McConnel merely stands pat on 
his orders from headquarters, and refers smilingly to all who 
question him to section 499, which reads: "Any one violating 
this section by sending any matter pertaining to a game of 
chance through the mails is liable to a line of $500 or imprison- 
ment for one year, or both." 

What will . the answer be ? 

A prominent St. Louis clubman, who rejoices in the ex- 
quisite cognomen of Von Phul. has discovered that all ih 
ventiona] diversions of his set arc exceedingly commonplace, 
and, accordingly, he started his fertile imagination working in an 
endeavor to seek out some pastime thai would contain 
ments of novelty, and by which he could properly astonish his 
friends. It took Mr. Von Phul a Long time to figure out Ins aew 
amusement, 1ml he finally resolved thai ballooning would be 
about the proper caper. Accordingly, he bad a balloon con- 
structed for bis purpose, containing 35,000 cubic feet, and in- 
vited a few of his boon companions the other day to have a little 

hip to the clouds with him. Evidently Mr. Von Phul is an ad- 
mirer and rival of that star social clown. Barry Lehr, an 
following of the same .liar: • notorious Newport circus 

performer. Several of Von Phul's associates presented him 

with a case <>l' champagne for the aerial trip, and each bottle was 

tagged with the information that i; was to be opened and drunk 
when a certain elevation was reai hed. Bo with each raise of one 
thousand feel from terra tirma. Von l'hul and his devilish com- 
panions in bis fool journey bad the task of absorbing a quart 

of fizz water, Strange as it may seem, i the arduous 

duties Mr. Von Phul had to perform in bis flight through the 
clouds, he returned to the bosoms of his addle-pated club-fellows 
alive and well. He was so delighted with p of his 

maiden etfort at aerial navigation with trimmings that he lias 
announced that lie will go up again as soon as his imagination 

injured up some more novelties to beguile th 

of upward travel. There are fools and fools, but I venture to 

opine that there i> at leas! Von Phul who is likely to be an admir- 

indidate for an embalming parlor, if he doesn't change 

his brand. 

■ Making i Major-Genera] out of a ?ur_ rat as 

opera-bout' :;t of one. 

dinner party in Washing 

e in war. 1 think it is one of th 
;ion. and I do not think it ought to tx 
'Od's pills and obstet - 

that way. 

Last week there appeared in the evening Bulletin an edi- 
torial dealing with "The Corset Drama," which had for its ob- 
ject an arraignment of those piays which have disrobing scenes, 
and a pointing out of the number of dramas in these days 
that have as a piece de resistance a disrobing scene. "The Tur- 
tle," of olden days, "The Chorus Girl," "The Devil," ami "The 
Thief" were among those selected for mention, and then the ar- 
ticle wound up with a shot at the "Salome" dancers that are 
as thick as the proverbial fly all over the country right at 
present. My abhorrence for plagiarism of all kinds is pretty 
generally known, and when I saw the Bulletin editorial reprinted 
in an issue of the Tacoma Daily News, without due credit to the 
source being given, it naturally jarred. My sympathy is always 
with the victim of literary theft, and my ire is against Editor 
Perkins of the Tacoma Journal for his appropriation of an ar- 
ticle that had appeared in another paper, and the republishing of 
it without acknowledging his indebtedness to his contemporary 
for using the story. The fact that the Bulletin's editorials are 
far from being gems of literature does not affect my attitude 
toward the appropriator at all, although I am surprised that 
Editor Perkins did not show better selective judgment in his lit- 
tle game of plagiarism. 

The Mizner family is not often out of the limelight, but 

of late months neither Wilson nor "Addie" have been doing 
things sensational enough to be recorded in the daily press. 
Wherefore, Wilson, thinking it about time that people sat up and 
took notice, is again in the publicity market. This time the 
presses are whirling out the information to a waiting world thai 
Wilson is become a litterateur. And not a common, ordinary 

penny-a-liner, if you please. Wilson is the real unadulterated 

goods who is paid at BO much a word. I haven't seen the story 

thai is announced as having emanated from bis pen as yet. Wil- 
son has been thi' object of much newspapereity, but this latest 
stunt his fondest admirers never dreamed of. lb tred, in 

pugilistic and other encounters, and wonderful battles for the 

i.i-iii of fail lam -; he has astonished the pedestrians of the 

Rue de Fillmore by appearing in their mi I 

ler, and his sensational marriagi amoue 

Mrs. i a household story. Of course, Wilson ha- done 

other weird things, ions of them, and be is jusl dropping lightly 
into a new field of publicity, lest his long quietude has 
little Wilson and his cute "pranks. 

A diih paper of this ,it v . referring to the ailment that 

kept Captain Arthur T. Balentine, of the Coast Artillery, "in- 
carcerated." as . in the hospital at Washington Bar- 
- that it «as "diagnosed by the medical fraternity as 
uervoi - "■■" "\- rvona 

new one on me. Why call it an ailment? Why can't we all have 


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Our Annual Sale of Muslin Under- 
wear will take place Monday, Jan. 4, 1909. 

Van Ness Ave. at Bush San Francisco. Cal. 

San Francisco News Letter 

January 2, 1909. 

Lgokcr On 

Judging by the sacksful of poetic effu- 
sions that the postman leaves for the liter- 
ary editor every morning, it would seem 
that every one is possessed of the notion 
thai he is a bard. Day after day they 
come in endless profusion, rondeaus, mad- 
rigals, ballades and sonnets of varying 
lengths. Then there are blank verse 
dramas and odes to any old thing, and 
hexameter effusions to milady's eyebrow, 
and rhymes to the statue of the ball-player 
in Golden Gate Park. Some come from 
college professors and some from plumbers. 
Some are the soulful outpourings of spin- 
ster ladies of uncertain age, and others 
are the outcroppings of the gentleman 
with the lengthy locks and the Dante-like 
countenance. Sometimes this latter indi- 
vidual visits the editor personally, fear- 
ful that he wall not be able to perceive 







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all of the beauty 
and exquisite qualities in his child of fancy without a reading by 
the pote himself. On such occasions I have felt for the literary 
editor, for he is but human after all, even though he be an 
editor, and when, in sheer desperation, after one of these soulful 
seances, he kicked a hole in the glass doors of his bookcase, I 
understood and did not allow even the suggestion of a smile to 
cross my placid countenance. 

But the art editor is not so tolerant of budding genius. He, 
too, has visitors. Shoe clerks, who know that they could do 
better than Harrison Fisher if they only had the chance, and 
weird-looking young damsels full of aestheticism, and wearing 
unique raglans and ponderous scarfs of a pale, tender hue, call 
upon him daily, and often get past the barricade that leads to 
his den. The other afternoon one of these artistic females stole 
in upon him with a great portmanteau of sketches under her 
arm. The art editor was not in especially good humor, for no 
one had presented him that morning with anything in the shape 
of a cigar, and he was dead "broke." The lady preluded her 
art exhibition with a few remarks that gave out the information 
that she could burn the loveliest possible Gibson heads on chair 
backs, and then she littered the art editor's desk with about fif- 
teen oils, pen-and-inks and pastels, varying in subject from im- 
pressionistic landscapes to inky water-front sketches. 

"I hope you'll use all or some of these," she said, with what 
was meant for a bewitching smile. "And, besides, I need the 
money badly. I made these in the hope that they might keep 
the wolf from the door." 

"Well," said the heartless art editor, "you just take these draw- 
ings home and hang them at the front door. They'll accomplish 
your purpose." 

* * * 

Your modern author has long since developed a business 
sense that makes many a captain of industry turn a beautiful 
emerald green with envy. In the olden days, a writer of books 
was nothing but a writer of books. He produced literature, had 
the joy of seeing his creations of fancy put between covers, read 
a few roasts of his efforts by captious critics, and starved in a 
garret, while the publisher waxed fat upon the profits. But those 
days are past. The writer of to-day looks back with scorn upon 
the methods of his literary predecessors, for he is now a thing to 
be reckoned with in the Stock Exchange, and in the great finan- 
cial markets as well as in reading circles. To-day's author must 
be a versatile sort of a personage. He must be versed in the arts 
of press-agentry quite as thoroughly — if not more so — as in the 
correct methods of punctuation. 

* * * 

It would naturally be supposed that all the dead trance 
frauds in the country would respond to the "easy money" offered 
by the Metropolitan Psychical Society of New York. Indeed 
they did, with results disastrous to their expectations. Secretary 
Kellogg picked out fifty of the loudest pretenders, and writing a 
few lines on a piece of paper, folded it, placed five twenties be- 
side it on the desk, and informed each and all that as many as 

could read it were entitled to $100. Not one succeeded. There 
can be no doubt that this feat has been performed successfully 
by many sensitives, but these real psychists do not invade the 
chosen field of the dead trance artist. 

If this mysterious field of mental achievement is to be more 
fully explored, no assistance can be expected from the advertis- 
ing mediums. They, like the advertising specialists, simply exist 
on the credulity of the ignorant. Before long it is to be hoped 
that San Francisco will follow in the lead of Chicago and Los 
Angeles, and prohibit the appearance of their fraudulent adver- 

* * * 

The Legislature will wisely side-track all Sunday legis- 
lation. Sumptuary legislation is out of place in California. 
California is the land of the free, and it has no desire to have its 
law-makers devise regulations to close saloons or churches, thea- 
tres or local depots on certain days. There are many of us to 
whom Sunday means absolutely nothing, except that it is the 
accepted day of rest, but Saturday or auy other day would do 
quire as well. Many religiously inclined people are of the opinion 
that Saturday is the day of rest, and some of them claim Mon- 
day is the day peculiarly set aside by their own particular brand 
of deity for rest and recuperation. Some sky-pilots aver very 
gravely that no particular day is meant in the scriptures, and that 
the work of the week may begin any day in the seven and con- 
tinue for six days. The narrow-minded individual, who would 
foist forcibly upon others his own ideas as to religion or idolatry, 
asks that a particular day be set aside, and that the law compel 
every man to keep it holy according to his mournful and bigoted 
notions of what constitutes holiness. There are enough knaves 
at Sacramento of the political kind without interlarding them 
with the howling dervishes of Christianity. Let there be no laws 
as to Sunday. 

* * * 

The limit of competition between rival Christian mission- 
aries to round up savage converts has been reached in the Caro- 
line Islands, where the squabbling missionaries have succeeded 
in so inspiring their pupils with religious fervor that they have 

New York / 





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January 2, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

divided into two armed camps, the Protestant and the Catholic, 
and bloodshed is imminent. It would be much better for the 
world and for the savages' peace of both body and mind if the 
meddlesome missionaries would stay at home and confine their 
activities to the slums of big cities. Benighted savages, however, 
seem to be easier prey to their sophistries than civilized heathens. 

Dr. H. W. Wiley, the Nemesis of the adulterators, an- 
nounces that soon there will be no more brain foods advertised, 
lie states that such foods nourish the brain equally with the big 
toe, and not an iota more. If such be the case, it is possible that 
the omnipresent packages of toasted bread crumbs at present for 
sale as wondrous brain foods will disappear from our midst. One 
individual, in advertising his particular remedy, says that a 
chemical analysis cannot do it justice, as the ingredients are not 
to be found by such methods. If they are not, the faker had 
better include some that are, else his days of usefulness are draw- 
ing to a close. The only way, from the standpoint of the layman, 
to nourish the brain, is to use it strenuously, in which case its 
owner can rest assured that nourishment will be forthcoming 
from the usual brain food supply of civilized peoples. Dr. Wiley 
is occupying his time and talents to more advantage in this direc- 
tion than in attacking the harmless process of sulphuring Cali- 
fornia fruits. 


The labor unions all over the country raised such a howl 
over the presence of United States army and navy bands at pri- 
vate entertainments that Congress forbade the military bands to 
play outside of military posts in competition with civilian bands. 
It probably never entered any of the putty heads of the laborites 
that if they furnished better music there would be no danger 
from the competition of the military bands, which render excel- 
lent music. Watch any parade in our streets and notice the con- 
trast between the splendid army bands and the miserable, slouch- 
ing union bands. 

* * * 

Honolulu people arc alarmed over rumors of the impending 
withdrawal of the Pacific Mail steamers. The Chamber of Com- 
merce of that city, at a recent meeting, reversed its previous 
action, and by a vote of 19 to 11 passed resolutions in favor of 
the temporary suspension of the coastwise shipping laws and the 
Ocean Mail Act. 

''What right," exclaimed W. It. Castle, "has Congress to 
maroon citizens on islands of the sea?" 

'I'd the American traveler, accustomed to the splendid bi 
due in the competition existing on the Atlantic, il does Been a 
hardship that he is practically prohibited from patronizing the 
splendid steamers "1 the Japanese boats calling at Honolulu. 
Patriotism, in the face of indifferent Bervici of the 

American boats, quickly gives way to irritation. 

Time and again, in the Paradise of the I'acitic. pressing mat- 
ters have compelled the business man to pay the $200 tine im- 
posed and take passage en a Japanese liner. Even Secretary 

Straus fell a victim. 

The \ iii ;m service is infreqnen . and the withdrawal of 

the injunction against taking passage on foreign steamers is a 
in i essity, a! leasl until the American service is more efficient ami 

Frequent than ai present 

The loss el' tourist travel inflicted on the Hawaiian T- 
le this Ql-cono ived law is another source of irritation. Splendid 
hotels ai' bul partly tilled, which, under altered conditions, 

won. tfded to iii ii Pull capacity the year-round. The 

law. which is beneficent in its operations as regards mean travel 
between San 1 ind Portland or Seattle, becomes malefic 

when applied to travel between San Francisco and our Pacific 
i Paradise. 

There is nothing that makes a nervous man more nervous. 

a quarrelsome man more quarrelsome, a good tempered man so 
mean as a pair of ill-fitting shoes. Tlow many tii - 
life hi lUght a piece of real shoe comfort from a dealer? 

The only way to have real comfort is to have a pair of Qerlach's 
Made-to-Order Shoes, Gerlacn who make it 

a habit to wear made-to-order shoes. In other words, t. 
is a shoe man who understands his business to the uttermost, 
and v ichman's and riding boots made. 

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although the old labels and insignia originated by the Monks have been 
adjudged by the Federal Courts of this country to be still the exclusive 
property of the Monks, their world renowned product is nowadays 
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Alfred Bannister 

Public Expert ACCOUNTANT and AUDITOR. 1927 Ca lifomia Street 
SAN FRANCISCO. Phone Kearny 2871. 

San Francisco News Letter 

January 2, 1909. 

W'ak Inevitable. 

The word comes from Vienna that 
Emperor Francis Joseph has become 
optimistic, and that war over the 
Balkan problem will be averted by a conference of the powers in 
the very near future. But in diplomatic and army circles, even 
in Austria, the Emperor's views are not taken seriously because, 
as it is pointed out, there has been no call for a conference of 
the powers, nor is there likely to be, seeing that the attempt last 
fall to have the nations parties to the Berlin treaty of lST(i con- 
vene and readjust that compact failed utterly. Then, again, it is 
pointed out in official circles at the several capitals of Europe 
that Austria is concentrating troops in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 
the recently acquired territory by seizure, accompanied by a 
diplomatic threat that, should Servia and Montenegro enter a 
protest they, too, would be invaded and made States of the Aus- 
trian Empire. Another reason why Emperor Francis Joseph's 
optimism is discredited is, that Turkey has bluntly refused to 
consider his offer of $10,000,000 to acquiesce in Austria's absorp- 
tion of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which means that the new Otto- 
man Government will keep faith with Italy and oppose Austria 
in her schemes to invade Servia and Montenegro, which such in- 
vasion would be a military necessity should Bosnia and Herzego- 
vina resist the Austrian yoke. Finally, only the aged Emperor 
of Austria wants peace. The younger heads of the empire fully 
realize the importance of acquiring new territory in the Balkan 
regions if their country would carry out its scheme of years to 
reach the Mediterranean by way of the Gulf of Salonika, and 
conditions and circumstances were never better before in the his- 
tory of Austria to undertake to accomplish that end. Moreover, 
Germany is for the first time in accord with Austria in her Bal- 
kan scheme, which in itself is a helpful influence of great pro- 
portions. From the best data obtainable from the capitals of 
Europe, only Francis Joseph sees reasons for optimism, and 
yet he really contradicts himself by permitting his cabinet to 
hurry preparations in every department for the greatest war of 
modern times, the cause of which being Austria's own aggressive 
policy of land-grabbing on her southwestern border. 

But the Empire of Austria is not the only European power 
that is making extraordinary preparations for an outbreak next 
spring. In fact, not one of the greater nations of Europe is 
conducting itself other than as if it felt that preparedness for 
offensive and defensive war on a mighty scale are necessary so 
soon as the winter months are over, and it is to be observed that 
this feeling has not been so widespread in halt a century. This 
comes in part from the fact that practically every one of the 
nations have a grievance. In fact, differences have so multiplied 
in recent years that diplomacy is powerless to unravel the tangles; 
besides, armies and navies have grown to such mighty propor- 
tions they must be employed or the armaments greatly reduced, 
and it was shown at the last Hague Congress that not one nation 
of Europe was willing to reduce its war strength so much as by 
one warship or one soldier. 

Great Britain is greatly worried 
England and Japan. over the alleged treachery of Japan. 

Eumors persist in coming from In- 
dia that the spirit of revolution against British rule, which has 
been steadily growing in the last two years, comes of seeds of 
discontent sown by Japanese who are traveling in that country 
as students, merchants and tourists, ostensibly for recreation or 
observation, but who are really secret agents of the Mikado, sent 
there to weaken the allegiance of the nations to Great Britain^ 
and at the same time point out that India's natural, national and 
political position is under the suzerainty of Japan. How much 
real truth there may be in these rumors would be hard to say, 
but it is the fact that British army officers serving in India, as 
well as the civil officials and merchant class, are convinced that 
Japan has designs upon England's hold in India, and that paid 
emissaries of the Japanese Government are traveling in all direc- 
tions sowing the seed of discontent and pointing to Japan as 

India's natural friend and protector. So satisfied that all this 
is true in certain circles in England, as well as in India, that de- 
mands are going up to the home Government that the Anglo- 
Japanese treaty be abrogated and Japan treated hereafter as be- 
ing unworthy of Great Britain's confidence, at least to the ex- 
tent of offensive and defensive alliances. Headers of the News 
Letter will remember that at the close of the Kusso-Japanese 
war it was predicted in these columns that sooner or later Japan 
would seek an outlet in India for her over-crowded population. 
and that the beginning of the movement would be in treachery 
to Great Britain. 

As to ToekiSy. 

Turkey's first Parliament is still in 
session, and for the most part the 
members are conducting themselves 
with dignity and confining their labors to such legislative action 
as will ultimately give their nation a strong foundation in law 
and personal liberty. Perhaps there is a little too much spread- 
eagle oratory, but it should be borne in mind that this is the 
first time the Sultan's subjects have been allowed to speak their 
minds in public on questions of State, and that they would lie 
likely to talk too loud and too often. -But on the whole, a deal 
of good is being accomplished, and the Parliament is rapidly 
gaining the confidence of the nations. It is to be observed that 
there is a strong undercurrent of determination to resist Austria's 
aggressive policy, and it may be seen distinctly in the unity of 
opinion that the nation's war establishment shall be kept at lull 

fighting strength until the Balkan ernes! is settled in a way 

that shall preserve the national integrity of Servia ami Montene- 
gro. The Parliament has taken no steps in the direction of 
stopping the commercial boycott against Austria which seems to 
be growing every day, but the other commercial nations are 
likely to interfere presently and demand that the Sultan and his 
law-makers put an end to it by a legislative enactment. 

France is getting ready to organize 
Or GENERAL Interest. an automobile service for the purpose 

of assisting the railways in mobiliz- 
ing the several corps of the army and for outpost duties. 

Italy is talking war with Austria louder than ever. l'u Vi. 

the three-year-old Emperor of China, will begin his official reign 
on January 83d, under the name of Hsuan Tung. The revo- 
lutionists of Hayti have succeeded, and General Simon has been 

inaugurated president. The Shah of Persia announces that 

he will have nothing but absolutism, and he is met by a revolu- 
tionary proclamation that he will be assassinated before he is 
very much older. President Castro, of Venezuela, is practi- 
cally a creature of the past. 

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San Francisco 

January 2, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


By Baknktt Franklin. 

With George's Aid, the Valencia Players Make Admirable Enter- 
tainment out of "The College Widow." 

The mantle of the late Charles Hoyt falls gracefully upon the 
shoulders of George Ade. Better than any other American writ- 
ing for the stage at present, he knows how to brew the farce of 
the uproarious variety. He knows the secret of coercing giggles 
from 'the crusty individual with the perennial grouch, who dares 
the actor to make him laugh, quite as thoroughly as he under- 
stands how to furnish entertainment for the deliberate amuse- 
ment-seeker. And his humor is ever wholesome, even though 
the touch of cynicism is always on tap in his work, for it is a 
cheery cynicism. Mr. Ade knows the vahre of the correct anti- 

Better, too, than any other of our humorous writers he deline- 
ates "types." His characters are folk that you and I have met. 
They ring real. Of course, the note of exaggeration and carica- 
ture is introduced for the sake of proper accentuation, and it is 
not likely that an array of distinctive individuals such as grace 
an Ade play is likely lo be associating nt any one time, at any 
one place, in real life. But this playbuilder assembles them for 
your entertainment with a sure hand, and lie secures Ins relief 
in the pitting of his unique personalities one against the other. 

"The College Widow" is a rery characteristic Ade play. The 
"types" are there in riotous profusion, the action never lets up 
for the fraction of an instant, and really dull moments are, as 
the lady writers of three-ply name delight to 3ay, "conspicuous 

by their absence." "The College Widow" is an awfully funny 
play, and, too, it is unquestionably the best example of drama- 
tized college life that we have. Based upon the same basic 
principles of construction, and following the same lines as re- 
gards plot, it puts "At Yale" and "Brown of Harvard" in the 
kindergarten elass. The fragment of its theme is merely the 
excuse for the distinctive Ade'sque brand of fun, which is bound 
to hit your risibilities, even though your staple diet consists of 
Ibsen and Nietsche. 

If, as rumor has it, Mr. Ade felt some trepidation in trusting 
his best girl, "The College Widow," for stock presentation at the 
Valencia, he may rest easy in the knowledge that the production 
is worthy both of him and her. It is a production such as a 
traveling organization of a pretty high order might give, and it 
represents high-water mark in Valencia Theatre annals. His- 
trionically, scenically, and in all other ways, the play is put on in 
a fashion that is admirable indeed ; the spirit of Ade is deliciously 
grasped on the stage, and it gets over the footlights and strag- 
gles to the last gallery row. 

To select members of the east for superior mention is rather a 
thankless task, for the honors in acting lie in the "team-work." 
The characters have been excellent!} east, and the success of the 
show lies in the nice balance that has been secured. The "widow" 
of the occasion is a radiant belle in the person of Blanche Stod- 
dard, with a charm of manner and an archness thai meet amply 
the heart-breaking qualities that "Mr. Ade desired, and Robert 
Warwick, in tine fashion, is the half-back loveT who becomes 
dutifully ensnared by her wiles. And these two make love in 
the Ade spirit, with the proper quantity of youthful enthusiasm 

and a correct :n oidance of sacch trine an. I glue. 

Then there is Helen Lackaye, who is an uproarious delight as 
the gum-chewing waitress with an awe-inspiring coiffure and a 
wonderful wardrobi : ami George Dow Clark, at his funniest as 

"Huh" Hicks. Then there are - e admirable character bite 

admirably done by Robert Homans, Darrell Standing, Re| 
Travers, W. 'I'. Sheehan and George B. Baldwin, Jr. 'linn there 
are a couple of efferves I portrayed 

by Thomas IfacLarnie ami Gerald Harcourt. And then there 

M from "The ( uhich ii mating a hit at the 1 


Sari Francisco News Letter 

January 2, 1909. 

But while the scenery, costumery and the lavishness of the 
production inspire my admiration in something of the Bame de- 
gree as it does the "following/' the acting does not. There are 
really but three roles in the play of importance, Ben Hur, Mes- 
sala and Simonides. Conway Teafle is the Hur, and to me there 
is mi note of sympathy to be discerned in his assumption of a 
sympathetic part, and he rends his lines like unto the youths of 
the elocution schools. Charles M. Harris is a mere mite better 
as Messala, but the only characterization of the three that has a 
human note in it is contributed by Anthony Andre as Simonides. 
lint even lie indulges in little light and shade and suhtleties, Eor 
the acting generally is carried alone with the speed of the chariot 
race itself. 

But evidently my ideas in matters histrionic, as regards this 
particular production, are not shared by the majority of those 
tint fill, and will continue to fill, the Van Ness during this en- 
gagement. Many's the "Gee! but wasn't it great, all right, 
Mabel?" I overheard after the final curtain fell. And it cer- 
tainly was from every oilier standpoint than the work of the 

* * * 


So gr al has been the success of G 'ge Ade's "The College 

Widow." at the Valencia Theatre that it has been decided to 
have it remain the attraction for another »eek. The production 
is reviewed in another column. 

"Ben Hur."' the inspiring religio-dramatic work from tin pen 
of General Lew Wallace, is proving a tremendous drawing card 
at the Van Ness Theatre, where it will remain the attraction for 
i second ami final week. No Sunday performances are given, 
and matinees are announced for Wednesday and Saturday. It is 
well for those that attend to know that the curtain rises promptly 
at eight o'clock, and also thai one of the greatest scenes of the 
play is shown at the outset. The chariot race scene is shown to 

The Rooney Sisters, who will appear "/ tht Orphmvm next week. 

is a rattling athletic girl done by Grace Travers. And then — 

yes, there is a college student by some-one programmed John 

Graham, who should be behind the ribbon-counter instead of the 

footlights. But one poorly played part does not detract much 

from the extraordinary excellence of the rest. 

The Lady Who Accompanies Me to the Play informed me 

during the performance, after a particularly audible smile on my 

part, that she believed I was for oiiee eiijoyino ,i mim-dy 'pule 

as thoroughly as herself. I was. Go thou and do likewise. 

* * * 

"Ben Hur." at the Van Ness, Still Holds Its Appeal. 

Where "Ben Hur"' is concerned, criticism must be relegl I to 

t lie "wings." A review of this gorgeous array of things scenic 
and mechanical is obviously superfluous. For this stageland 
curiosity does not get its support from the habitual theatre-goi r. 
The folk that go to see "Ben Hur" are not guided by the Bcribes 
of the press. The "Ben Hur" following swears by General Lew 
Wallace's play, and takes it in on its every T once-in-a-while visit in 
the same fashion that the circus clientele wanders tentwards 
when the elephants and pink lemonade come to town. Every 
night the Van Ness Theatre house's a vast audience as unlike its 
regulation one as it were possible to imagine. Ministers are there, 
and loads of children of all ages, and men and women who show 
by their manner that this particular theatre visit is in the nature 
of an "event." 

To these people '•Ren Hur" is the most remarkable thing that 
has ever been staged, and the famed chariot race the star foot- 
light achievement. The acting is a mere secondary consideration. 
And "Ben Hur" is unquestionably the best play of its type, the 
religious drama, and it contains many a thrill even Eor the play^ 
goer who has learned to renounce the obvious in theatricals. It 
is, too, as Kkw & Erlanger put it on. a. gorgeous and altogether 
remarkable affair scenic-ally and mechanically, the most ambitious 
production of its kind on the American stage to-day. Therein 
comes the. strong appeal to the "Ben Hur" audiences, and to say 
that every expectation is realized would he putting it mildly. It 
is really an astounding theatrical project. 

Scene from "Brewster's Millions," to bi produced at the l""» 
Ness Theatre, following "Ben Hur." 

January 2, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


fine advantage on the immense stage of the Van Ness, six horses 
being on the stage at once. "Ben Hur" is reviewed in another 


* * * 

Another week of "The Girl of the Golden West" begins next 
Monday evening at the Alcazar, with every indication that the 
drawing power of the Belaseo play has increased rather than de- 
creased since its first presentation. It is not so much in its story 
as in the atmospheric effects employed and the acting of the 
members of the Alcazar company that "The Girl of the Golden 
West" enthralls. Indeed, the narrative is little more than a 
series of dramatic incidents in the career of "The Girl," but the 
clothing of each incident with a marvelous realism intensifies 
the general coherence, while the individual and team work of 
Evelyn Yaughan as The Girl, Bertram Lyiell as the road agent, 
and Will R. Walling as the sheriff compels admiring attention 
when it is in evidence. 

The management requests the audience to be seated before the 
first curtain-rise, as late-comers do much to spoil the effectiveness 

of the beautiful panorama that opens the play. 

* * * 

Kolb & Dill have scored a tremendous hit at the Princess with 
[heir new musical farce, "The Politicians," which, there is every 
indication, is destined to be as popular as any of its predecessors. 
The production is a most elaborate one, and the additions that 
have been made to the company ara> certainly acquisitions. Adele 
Rafter, George A. Wright and Percy Bronson are in pleasant 
evidence as admirable comedians. The production is well-knit 
and the entertainment very enjoyable. "The Politicians" will be 
continued until further notice. 

* * * 

The Orpheum programme for next week is full of variety, and 
contains but one hold-over. Wilfred Clarke, son of the famous 
comedian, John Sleeper Clarke, and a nephew of Edwin Booth, 
will present a comedy of his own writing, entitled "What Will 
Happen Next." The other new acts will include De Biere, a 
European illusionist. The Salyaggis, famous Parisian Whirlwind 
dancers; Edwin Eatell, a clever comedian and monologist; The 
Rooney Sisters, in scragg and dances, and Ribhert and Warren, 
two very versatile minstrels, in a pastime called "The Pianist 
and flu' Dancer." Eva Taylor, who recently scored snch a greal 
hit in "Chums." will return Eor nexl week only, which will be the 

lasi cit (ins Edwards' School Buys and Girls. 

* * * 

After an extended engage ni in England, and after again 

|ila\ ing lii crowded iinnsrs for over 150 nights al the Acadi 

Music. New York City. Augustus Thomas' ma "Ari- 

zona," will return lo this city wilh mosl of the original i isi ami 
the same mammoth production which pleased the theatri 
abroad and in the East. "Arizona" uhl open i. the bnerican 
Theatre Sunday afternoon, and will he here for ono wee! 
with the usual ma! inees. 

The press ami public arc unanimous in declaring "Arizona" to 

It of the greatest American plays evi 

is full of heart inter, ins, which are relieved 

by the richest kind of comedy, skillfully worked in by the author, 
who has given so many clever plays to the American stag 
eluding "In Misszouri" ami "Alabama." 

The production is under the management of Mollis K. Cooley, 

who has engaged many capable play 

* * » 

"ltrewsler's Millions" will he the succeeding attraction at the 

Vim Ness, opening ii> engagement ol eigbl days on Sunday. 

January 10th. The . omedy-inelodrania was Been at the Van 
Ness t ;i - 1 season for two weeks, ami will he played ' - 
practically the same excellent company. 

Beautiful weather and soft, balm) breezes, and happ 

pie spending a quiet New Year's day amid the proves of the 
Hotel Rafael. The automobilista will take advantage of the fact 
that the roads are all dry and thai the last rains have brought 
the grass back to a lusi n. and the dowers are beginning 

to peep out of the forest loam. The countri Jul in 

Marin County, and hundreds of antomobilists 
Casino, at the Rafael, their rendezvous to-morrow. The menu 
at the hotel and 

the very host in California. The Rafael justly holds the palm 
r and summer suburban 
enable in less than forty-five minutes, and ■.- a- pictur- 
j situated as though a niountair 

The new home of the Vienna Cafe and Bakery, at 139 

Ellis street, gains in popularity every day. Situated in the heart 
of the business district, it is the ideal place for luncheon. The 
rich, juiey steaks of the Vienna are famous, and the excellence 
of its pastry is universally known. The old place at 1014 Van 
Ness avenue is still conducted in the same excellent fashion as 
before and retains its discriminating patronage. 


Annual Clearance Sale. 
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Entrance also through Magnin's 

GO — Of course you'll go to the 

Valencia Theatre 

Valencia Street, between 13th and I ith 
Telephone Market 17 


This and Tomorrow afternoons and evenings and all next week. The biggest 
laugh in years 

George Ade's pictorial comedy, presented by the full strength of the Valencia 
Stock Company. Including Robert Warwick and Blanche Stoddard. Sixty 
people on the stage. 

Regular matinees Wednesday. Saturday and Sunday, i 
to 50c. Ewninga. 26c. to 76c. Box seats, $1.00. 
Monday Jan. n-PRINCE HAGEN. bv Iptnn Sinclair. 


UW/Ffv Absolutely Class A Theatre Building. 

Beginning this Sunday afternoon. Matinee every day. 

Wilfred Clark & Co. In his own new farce. What Will Happen Next 
De Biere, European Illusionist: Les Salvaggis. Parisian Whirlwind Danc- 
ers; Edwin Latell Rooney Sisters: Hlbbert & Warren; Eva Taylor & Co.: New 
Orpheum Motion Pictures. Last week of Go* Edwards' S and Girls. 

Droning its— $i Matinee 

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The playhouse of comfort and ufety 

Week commencing Sunday Matinee January jd. America's greatest plav 

By Augustus Thomas. One year each.— New York. Chicago. England. 

Next — George M. Cohan's. "Fifty Miles Fro* Boston/' 

Van Ness TJieatre 

Phone Market 500 
Beginning Monday January «th. second and last week. Matinees Wedn?sday 
and Saturday. No Sunday performances. Klaw and Erlanger's New and 

Last time Saturday night January q. Sunday Jan. 10— Brewster s Millions. 
Coming — E. H. S^thern 

New Alcazar Theatre 

Corset Sartter and Sterner Street! 


Belaseo A Mayer. Owners and Managers. Absolutely Class A Bldg 
Monday night. Ja Socoad week ol David Be las 

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January 2, 1909. 

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The Wismer Concert at the Fairmont. 

One of the most enjoyable concerts of tin 1 season was that 
given Thursday evening, December 17th, at the Fairmont by 
Hother Wismer, who has just returned from a little refreshment 
trip i" Europe a'fter ten years df conscientious teaching in this 
community. Mr. Wismer is a gentle, lovable, enthusiastic musi- 
eian with ambition ami a high ideal, ami with it all a great 
capacity for work. The result is, that his friends are legion; his 
music is always musical, his tone is sympathetic, his interpre- 
tatibn is refined, and his technique is clean. Add to these traits 
a remarkable memory, and a taste for (lie best in music, and von 
may not be surprised at the character of the programme or the 
large audience that gathered to welcome him after his year's 

The violin numbers comprised the Goldmark Suite Op. 11. the 
Bruch Scotch Fantaisie Op. 46, the Bach prelude and grand 
Fugue in A minor, and the Valse Caprice, Op. '>'!. by Saint- 
Saens-Ysaye. 'this entire programme Mr. Wismer played with- 
out notes, without apparent effort and with masterly musician- 
ship, lie was at home among his friends. Bach is his daily com- 
panion, Ysaye his old teacher and personal friend, while Mas 
Brui li and Goldmark are acquaintances in musical literature 
of old standing. "Mi-. Wismer's playing shows his thorough un- 
derstanding of his scores. His violin speaks authoritatively — 
he knows. The audience was lifted out of its fashionable reserve 
by the Bruch Fantaisie. and shedding its gloves, fairly stormed in 
applause. After half a dozen returns, Mr. Wismer responded 
with an adagio by Spohr. which he played with great smoothness 
and beauty. The number of the programme was the Bach pre- 
lude and fugue, which he played with such case and yet such 
breadth and clearness that the various voices of the fugue rang 
out as though played on separate instruments — without confusion 
and with beautiful individuality even as to the quality of the 
voices of the various motives as they entered and were repeated. 

Mrs. M. E. Blanehard, who assisted Mr. Wismer, sang a 
group of Brahms, the "Beep Sea Pearl." by Schneider, and "May 
Morning." by Manning, with her usual artistic rendering, and 
was heartily encored, responding with "Who is Silvia." by Schu- 
bert, an old favorite with the friends of Mrs. Blanehard. 

Mrs. Mathilde Wismer. Mr. Wismer's mother, shared with him 
the honors of the evening. It is plain to he seen where tin vio- 
linist gets his musicianship. Mrs. Wismer is an artist of high 
merit. Her singing of the Gade soul's was a revelation — you 
feel and see a new meaning in them that you never knew ex- 
isted before. 

Mr. Frederick Maurer presided at the piano throughout the 
entire programme, and it is needless to say that he is always 
"there." We may be wrong, but it just occurred to us that he 
was a little more "there" than necessary in the Bruch fantaisie. 
Tie rushed the interludes too much, and did not seem quite famil- 
iar enouirh with the composition to precisely anticipate the fre- 
quent changes in the tempo. Mr. Maurer's accompaniments 
have always been characterized by their temperamental delicacy 
and warmth of tonal coloring — a verv happy combination in this, 
his chosen line of playing; but of late we have noted a tendency 
to exaggerate this coloring (so admirable if used in moderation") 
which is marring the artistic quality of his playing. This exag- 
geration, and a tendency to wildness at times, especially when he 
is playine interludes or independent piano themes in the accom- 
paniment, is very deplorable, and should he checked before it 
grows into a habit. 

* * * 

The San Francisco Musical Club Owes Interesting Programme 

The Century Club Hall was filled to the doors on Decembei 
17th, the occasion being the second concert of the Lyric String 
Quartette under the auspices of the San Francisco Musical Club. 

The beautiful Mozart String Quartette in Major was given 
an interesting reading, and the "rear work is so full of varieh 
and -o grateful to (he players that the audience was charmed. 
Of the group of small numbers, Mr. Hofmann played that old 
favorite. Bach's Air (with string accompaniment) with spl 
tone and a breadth worthy of the composition. While it is well 
that the string accompaniment should he subdued, the harmony 
parts should all be at least faintly audible. The number 
have been much improved had the second violin part been given 
a degree more of prominence. This would have added a little 

Jamttam •-', 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


of fullness to the work, and have sustained and added to the 
effeei of the bold air carried by the Srs1 violin. The little Haydn 
movemenl was played carefully mid effectively, bul the canz- 
zonetta of Mendelssohn showed a woeful difference in the con- 
ception of the players (to put it mildly.) Such numbers, while 
not in themselves so difficult, tell the story of the time the players 
bave spent together. The canzzonetta showed hurried prepara- 
tion, and was quite "raggedly" played. 

The last number, (he Schuman Trip, Opus 63, for violin, 
'cello and piano, shared with the Mozart quartette in the honors 
of the programme. The trio is full of interest, full of life and 
dramatic fire, and has a kind of symphonic character that carries 
the players and the audience with them in a spell of wonder at 
the effects possible with the three solo instruments of chamber 
music. This is one of the greatest of trios, and shows Schumann 
at his best. If the players had but started with the second 
movement (the scherzo) instead of the first, their performance 
would have elicited unqualified admiration and praise, but un- 
fortunately the first movement was played and must be men- 
tioned. Instead of playing it as Schumann intended it, broadly, 
impressively, "energico con passione," filled with passion and en- 
ergy, but modified with the anticipation of what is to follow, 
the movement was started at a racing speed, almost twice the in- 
dicated tempo, and remarkable though the performance may have 
been from a technical standpoint, it lacked meaning. The poinl 
of the story was lost in the hurried filing, and so without intro- 
duction, as it were, we are launched into the center of this great 
trio. The remaining three movements were beautifully played. 
Miss Ada Clement rendered the difficult and complex piano part 
of the trio with a wonderful spirit and dash, and her tone, always 
warm and sympathetic, showed great brilliancy in the more dra- 
matic parts of the trio. One felt the staying quality and lire 
of her musicianship amid the various confusing rhythms of the 
trio, and a sense of security in her technique and intelligence so 
necessary to a successful reading of Schumann. 

John Hays Hammond 
in the Cabinet. 

It will be re inbeied that during 

the period in which selections were 
being made for the Vice-Presidency 
the name of Mr. John Hays Ham- 
mond was mentioned. Considerations of party policy, it is 
thought, caused Mr. Hammond to withdraw bis name. 
the delegations to the convention had a chance to expi 
choice. Mr. Hammond is first and foremost a party man. as lias 
been shown by ins splendid work with the League of Republican 
clubs of which he is an active presiding officer. It has huh here 
been mentioned, that we know of. thai Mr. Hammond would 
make ;i splendid cabinet officer, but it certainly would 

graceful acknowledgment to ask Mr. II. end'- ,■« iteration 

in seme branch of the Government. California will lose ber rep- 
resentative in the cabinet with the retirement of Mr. M 

What is the matter with Mr. Hammond as a sua ssot? John 
Hays Hammond's menial qua us a business man. 

successful promoter ami mining magnate, 
him in this disl taction by the Pre . and M i . 

i Par wrong in thus signaling his approval of one "f Amer- 
ica's mosl patriot ii cil izens. 

At the recent election, the voters of the State ma 

law thai all yearh salaries of state officers he increased by one 
thousand dollars. It has been said by some that a Presidential 
Elector is a Sts officer. Ii this is the correct construction, 
then eai h oi I he Pi i sidential I 

one thousand dollars in his pay. as delegate, to 

j; \\ aabington. 

face to face with another construction, how- 
Samuel M. Shortridge, who sa\- that he does 
filler that the electors are Stal (rithin the 

the new statute, and who rel for the 

junket tii \\ Mr. Shortridge looks upon his dt 

an elector much more solemnly than mos 

;v. and th 
in which remuneration foi endered wo i large 

ougnant to him. The sentiti. 

trary to custom, is 5 Mr. Shorti would 

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This week should be well shaken before taken, for even the 
bestegg-nogg is apt to flatten unless given a few fresh turns with 
the egg-beater. The week does not logically begin at the begin- 
ning with Monday — lor the first days were merely props on which 
to lean one s impatience waiting for the New Year to blow its 
trumpet. The Burlingame contingent are at this writing busily 
taking the magic curlers out of their picturesque little club- 
house, and by night time it will be all Marcelled for the annual 
dance with which the eiub ushers in the New Year. This is the 
third dance of the sort, and it may be safely predicted that the 
tradition is established that Burlingame shall foregather under 
its own club house roof to shout "the year is dead ; long live the 

Other hostesses who have welcomed in the year with a ball 
have gracefully retired from the field, for to attempt the thing 
on New Year's eve, with the Burlingame Club as a rival, would 
be like serving ham for breakfast without consulting the hen. 

No candidate for the smart set likes to admit that Burlingame 
is not represented on her visiting list, and to attempt a ball on 
Thursday night would be equivalent to such an admission. The 
lid has been securely screwed down on all the details of the affair, 
for Burlingame loves to lend an air of mysterious exclusiveness 
to all its doings, but long before the dance is a forgotten memory 
some one will neglect to wear a hug-me-tight expression, and 
the gossip of the ball will leak out. After every fancy-dress 
affair there is bound to be a coating of criticism sandwiched in 
with the discussion. "Oh, of course, she did look tremendouslv 
funny, and it was a very clever idea, but don't you think it was 
rather indelicate?"' "Now, I never thought of such a thing 
myself, and I know she's a very nice girl, but the men all seemed 
to think that her dress was too short. No, they didn't say so, but 
I'm sure they were thinking all kinds of things." 

The Claremont Country Club will also have a dance this New 
Year's eve, and all the hostesses thereabouts will keep open 
house. Most of the people who are going down to Burlingame 
will stay over New Year's day, and the spice of New Year cheer 
will be plentifully sprinkled in the air. 

The wanderers who have been jaunting abroad have returned 
to the family fireside, and the family party is just about com- 
plete. The Francis Carolans are the most important absentees, 
and they, too, are expected home before the season of winter 
sports begins. 

Apropos of winter sports, I hear that George Cameron is buy- 
ing some fine polo ponies, and hopes to make a team. His 
brother-in-law, Joe Tobin, is one of the crack polo players, but 
he was practically born in the game. Francis Carolan, however, 
did not take horsemanship seriously until after his marriage to 
Miss Pullman, who was ambitious to own the finest stable out 
here. The de Young girls, particularly Helen, have never gone 
in strenuously for horses, but Mrs. Cameron is keenly interested 
in her husband's ambitions in that line. 

The "sub-debutante" set, as the extreme younger set has come 
to be known, are having a glorious vacation. A number of the 
college boys came home from the East, and the boarding school 
misses are having, in the argot of their own tongue, "the time of 
their lives." On Monday evening, Mrs. Boardman gave a dance, 
with dainty Dora Winn, her grand-daughter, as the guest of 
honor. On Tuesday, Mrs. Carter Pome'roy entertained in the 
same way for her younger daughter, Miss Harriet Pomerov. ami 
on Wednesday Mrs. Wm. Mayo Newhall gave a dance in honor 
of her young son. Mayo. A number of dinner parties preceded 
these dances, conspicuous among them that hostessed by Miss 
Maud Wilson, given before the Boardman dance. 

Miss Kathleen Farrell has been the most energetic young hos- 
tess of the week, with a tea, a luncheon and a dance to her credit. 
The debutantes were the motif of all these affairs, Miss Anna 
Weller being the specially complimented guest. Monday was a 
sort of debutante day, with nothing much stirring in the older 
set, but all sorts of things for the younger members of society. 
Besides the Boardman dance in the evening, Miss Maud Wilson'3 


Wishes Everybody a HAPPY 

Under management of 

Palace Hotel Company 

dinner preceding it, and Miss Kathleen Farrell's tea, Miss Flor- 
ence ('luff entertained her young friends at tea in the laurel 
court of the Fairmont. 

Tuesday softly chimed to the peal of wedding bells when Miss 
Amy Porter became Mrs. William Bethune Ireland at the home 
of her grandmother, Mrs. Clark, at Presidio Terrace. Mrs. Or- 
ville C. Pratt gave a tea in honor of her "cousin," Miss Florence 
Hopkins. Though there is actually no tie of relationship between 
the Hopkins and the Wilson family, the life-long intimacy has 
resulted in the adoption of the "aunt"' and "cousin" titles. Mr. 
and Mrs. Alfred Tubbs entertained at a dinner party and bridge, 
and Mrs. Joseph Grant was a luncheon hostess at the St. Fran- 
cis. Then there were the two dances in the evening, the Board- 
man and the Farrell affair, so altogether Tuesday bulged with 
good things like a Christmas stocking. 

Wednesday was the day chosen by Mr. and Mrs. William Irwin 
for a handsome dinner party in honor of Mrs. Joseph Crockett, 
who leaves on Saturday of this week to spend the remainder of 
the season in Egypt. Mr. and Mrs. Warren D. Clark were also 
dinner hosts on Wednesday in their handsome Clay street resi- 
dence. Miss Leslie Page and Miss Kathleen Farrell were both 
luncheon hostesses to the debutante set. 

Thursday was, of course, given over to preparations for wel- 
coming in the New Year. There was a scurrying out of town 
by those bidden to the country club dances, and likewise there 
was a busy day for those who stayed in town to take part in the 
celebration which has become a part of the personality of San 

On Friday, every one kept open house, and egg-nogg was the 
fluid accompaniment of the day. Miss Augusta- Foute was one 
of those who issued cards for an "at home," and a stream of call- 
ers flowed all afternoon toward the "Hillcrest," where Miss 
Foute and her honored guest, Miss Suzanne Kirkpatrick, re- 
ceived the happy throng. 

The engagement of Miss Mabelle Bovce Toy and Francis W. 
Lucas has just been announced by Mr. and Mrs. Toy. The an- 
nouncement will no doubt create quite a stir in social circles, for 
Miss Toy is exceedingly popular, with a wide circle in the younger 
set through the grace of her charming personality. Miss Toy 
has many accomplishments, and has earned quite a reputation as 
a globe-trotter, having traveled considerably. Mr. Lucas comes 
from Portland, where he is well known, and is engaged here i" 
the real estate business. He, too, is very popular with a wide 
circle of friends. The wedding is scheduled for February, and a 
home affair is contemplated. 

On Tuesday, December 22d, Miss Margaret Bowen became 
Mrs. A. D. Shepard. The ceremony took place in Chicago at the 
home of the bride's parents. Mr. Shepard is well known locally, 

Removal Notice 
Schimmel & Boyd 

are now at their permanent 


and announce to their 
patrons the arrival of a 
select line of exclusive imported 

•Fall and "Winter Woolens 

Second floor Koenig Building c °sa»?Fr!ne£c e o arny 

January 2, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


for he is connected with many large Western interests. He is 
vice-president and manager of the Pacific Improvement Com- 

The Fairmont will keep open house on New Year's eve. Al- 
ready a number' of reservations of tables made for that night in- 
eates that the New Year will be ushered in with proper celebra- 
tion here. Many people realize that with the terrible crush down- 
town, the best way to see what, is going on will be to join the 
merry throngs on the streets, and then come to supper in the 
beautiful Laurel Court. There will be music in the lobby and 
court all evening, and supper will be served as late as 2 a. ni. 

Colonel W. E. and Mrs. Gilbert, of Ramsgate, Eng., remained 
at Del Monte for some days before continuing their journey west- 
ward round the world. 

The latch string of the Hotel Victoria will be let down on New 
Year's eve, and in consequence open house will be kept in right 
royal fashion by both the management and the guests. ''Eleven 
o'clock to two," the invitations read, and the friends thus bidden 
will contribute no end of enthusiasm, vieing with each other in 
gayety and wit. Long before the carnival night, every table in 
the banquet hall, American dining room and cafe, were taken, and 
a fashionable and brilliant assemblage will blow out the old 
and cheer in the new year. 

Christmas was celebrated at the hotel with much the same en- 
thusiasm. The entire lower floor was strung with cedar greens. 
In one corner of the ladies' sitting-room there was a Christmas 
tree sparkling with hundreds of* electric lights. 

There were many guests at the hotel for dinner who were en- 
tertained informally in the cafe. But the feature of the day was 
the revival of the old-fashioned New England dinner. There 
were half a dozen of these delightful affairs. There was no 
struggling with the menu, as the turkey, in all its golden-brown 
glory, was carved on the table in true Colonial style. 

Colonel John C. Kirkpatrick is certainly one of tin 1 lust judges 
of the "psychological moment'' in this city. His knowledge of 
"when" to inaugurate a movement is of extraordinary sureness. 
And to it may be laid much of the groat success of the Palace 
Hotel Company, which has been achieved under his management. 
For instance, witness the phenomenal success of the afternoon 
tea in the Laurel Court. The Colonel realized that their was 
need — a pressing need — of just such a place where society folk- 
could foregather and meet their friends. So he made his plans. 
At precisely the proper moment, his plans were completed and 
the announcement made. As a result, behold— thi 
tea in the Laurel Court is an institution. It lias become in a 
few short months one of the cherished institutions of the BOcial 
life of the city. <>n some afternoons, the crowd is so great thai 
both sides of the spacious court have to hi' mil 
parties. It is quite the thin- to drop around to see who is 
"teaing" of an afti moon. 

Miss Holly II. Collins will spend the holiday Beason with her 
Bister, Mrs. W. II. Harlow, »hn. with her family, bas taken 
apartments at I 'el Vlonte For I b ii inter. 

Anion:; the many bridal coupli Del Monte in an 

nnen, line procession are Mr. ami Mrs. Warren, Ore., 

who will bi i week or ten days; Mr. an I Mrs. P. M. 

Henry, of Seattle; Mr. and Mrs. Ji i Mack, frier, 

Mr. ami Mrs. E, C. Peck, of San Francisco. Mr. Peck is a mem- 
ber of I be Peck J udal I lompany. 

Dr. (in-im Torpi. : be famous phys 

had. has ' n a guest at Del Monte during the past week. 

Man] own restaurants have made arrangements 

with tii, who have 

Pommery S wine of preference. 

E. F. Hutton & Co. 

Bankers and Brokers 

31-33-35 New Street. New York 

112 Wei Vi Si. L05 Antrim 
1.101 F Si.. Wishinrv- 

410 California Si. \ Sin Fran. 
Si. Francis Hotel I Tel Dousi 

MEMBERS \".-» \.irk Si,x-k Evhanie. New York Coma Eickinr. »w Yoct 
Coffee Exchange. Chicago Board of Trade. Pioneer Houte 

Privarc Hire M CMoWa, New York. Orders executed through aaj New York Slock 
Exchange house, affording Easterners the opporluntts of trading with their ova 

R ■ Ml ICAHY Manager 

Admiral and Mrs. Thomas F. Jewell, of the U. S. Navy, on 
(heir return from Washington, D. C, will come directly to Del 
Monte for the holiday season. They were guests at Del Monte 
for two or more, months last spring. 

I Cuii I in ned to Page li>.) 

Hotel St. Francis 



The Center of Entertainment 
In the City that Entertains 

Under the management of James Woods 


N. E. cor. Bush and Stockton 

Centrally Located 

A Modern and Up-To-Date Family Hotel. 
Sun in Every Room. Elaborate Furnish- 
ings. Excellent Cuisine. Large Lobby and 
Reception Room. Grill Room. Dining Room 

European and American Plan 

Del Monte 

near quaint old Monterey 125 miles from San Francisco. 
Uniting all the pleasures of outdoor life under Ideal conditions, 
with the conveniences and luxuries of the best metropolitan 
hotels. For rates, reservations, etc.. address 

H. R. WARNER, Manager. 

Hotel Argonaut 

Built by the Society of California pioneers. Fourth street near Market, 
San Francisco. Caters to both Family and Commercial Trade: 400 roorrti; 
rooms with detached bath, $1 per day; rooms with private bath, $1.50 and 
up per day; breakfast, 50c. : luncheon, 50c.: dinner. Including wine, $1. 
Seating capacity. 500. The Hotel Argonaut's free bus meets all trains 
at ferries and steamship landings. 


Hotel Westminster 

Los Angeles, Cal. 

Fourth and Main Sla. 

American Plan 


Rates per Day. $2.50 Rooms without Bath. 
Rooms with Bath. $3.00. H.50 and M.OO. 

European Plan 

II 00 per day and up 
With bath. 11.60 and up. 

F. O. JOHNSON. Proprietor 

A. W. Best 

Bests Art School 

1628 Bush Street 

Life Classes 
Day and Night 





San Francisco News Letter 

January 2, 1909. 


Despite the many denials, it is evi- 
Obstacles at Panama. dent there are obstacles in the way 

of the construction of the Panama 
Canal, which are causing no little anxiety to the engineers in 
charge of the worl . and that promise to postpone the day of com- 
pletion for several years beyond the time set for that happy 
achievement. The wraith which drove the foremost engineer of 
his times, De Lesseps, to his grave broken-hearted at his failure 
and which cast like chaff before the winds the millions of franca 
poured by the peasantry of France into the great undertaking, 
has not been -exorcised by the coming of the American. The 
wraith still rules at the Isthmus in a multiplicity of forms and 
in many disguises. Well authenticated reports come up from the 
zone of engulfing quicksands, subterranean morasses and other 
obstacles in the way of construction which baffle the skill of the 
engineers to combat. For over a third oi a century the Nicar- 
agua route was favored by the American people as the most feas- 
ible water-way between the two oceans. It would bring our 
coasts 1200 miles nearer than by the Panama (.'anal; the locality 
was more healthful, and with tie exception of the locks, its ad- 
vantages were many over the way by Panama. However, when 
the American people were prepared to construct the canal and the 
two routes were submitted for acceptance, a mysterious clamor 
suddenly arose in favor of the Panama proposition. The bureau- 
crats of the navy declared for a "sea level route," and protested 
that the locks in the Nicaragua canal put it at the mercy of the 
man with a dynamite bomb. Then $40,000,000 were paid to the 
French company for rights and privileges which had to be re- 
adjusted with the Panama Republic. Shonts was placed at the 
head of affairs, and the "dirt was to fly." Shonts, moreover, 
agreed to stay by the proposition until the canal was completed. 
But he was lured home by the Manhattan -street railway system. 
Stevens 'was next sent forth with a flourish of trumpets. He 
found the necessity for the Gotum dam and a few locks to equal- 
ize the difference between the tides of the Pacific and those of 
the Atlantic. It was the lock argument that had been used as 
a club to kill the Nicaragua project, and when they cropped up 
at Panama, nothing was said. Stevens made the dirt fly. and to 
aid it fly faster, the Government advertised for proposals from 
private contractors. Many bids were entered. The lowest was 
that of M. J. Oliver, of Tennessee. His bid was accompanied by 
a certified cheek for $100,000. Then the Government demanded 
more. It required Oliver to form a big corporation and to ally 
himself with the leading constructive factors, in the country. This 
Oliver did, to the satisfaction of every one, and at an outlay of 
*l'.'-3.000 to himself. Then came a mysterious message from 
Panama. Upon its receipt, all bids were rejected. Then came 
Stevens's resignation without assigning any reasonable cause. 
The President turned the canal over to the army engineers, and 
since then, mysterious reports have been afloat concerning obsta- 
cles which appear to be difficult of surmounting. But whatever 
the trouble is, the American people should be acquainted with 
the facts. Too many millions are bciiiL' centered in enterprises 
dependent upon the early and successful completion of the canal, 
for the Government to with-hold reports as to real conditions. 

James Hill's acquisition of the Colo- 
Hili/s Acquisition. rado Southern is the biggest deal in 

the American transportation world 
that has been made since Harriman gained control of the Pacific- 
Railways and the Oregon Short Line. It gives the Hill roads 
a through route from Puget Sound to the Gulf of Mexico. It is 
evident that Hill, like the late C. P. Huntington, believes the 
great interests of the nation will be centered in the Gulf section 
in the event of the completion of an inter-ocean waterway. The 
Colorado road traverses a great territory on the verge of settle- 
ment, and during the next five years, with the Hill connections, 
it will be of dominant importance in the railway world. Harri- 
man, the Moores, the Moffitt and the Stilwell interests have had 
their eyes on the road for several years past. Gould, too, was 
beaten in a struggle to get it. It is the only great cross-country 

road west of the Missouri, and has connections with twelve trunk 
lines. It is so situated as to almost command the Traffic Asso- 
ciation and compel a compliance with its wishes. 

Stocks and Gold. 

The few sessions on 'change between 
the holidays were quiet, but little 
trading was done. New York dis- 
played some animation, and in London a strong leaning was ex- 
hibited towards American securities. France continues to hoard 
up gold, and has made a dearth of the mineral in the London 
market. It is reported that the French Government has con- 
tracted for the entire output of the Band for the coming year. 
Russia is also a factor in the gold-buying market, and Germany 
is laying by a store. The calamity in Italy, if as severe and 
widespread as reported, has caused a heavy drain upon Italian 
resources, which are not any too abundant- at the present time. 

Passing of the 
Old Guakd. 

One by one the pioneer commercial 
factors of this city are passing into 
the great beyond. During the week 
the role includes Claus Spreckels 
and Adolph Boos. The name Spreckels was one time magic in 
our commercial history, hut with the increasing years, the famous 
Sugar King gradually retired from the field of activities, so that 
his death, when it came, while causing general regret, made no 
disturbance in business conditions. Adolph Boos was a pioneer, 
and as a member of the firm of Boos Brothers, and known for 
his benevolences, he has held a place of eminence in the com- 
munity. The old-timers were a credit to the community, and 
their spirit, generosity and local patriotism is worthy of emula- 
tion by the present generation. 

The slight rise in copper is of cheering import. With the 

return of the activities to the normal, that metal will go back to 
old figures, if not to a higher point. Copper is coming daily into 
greater use, and while the production is growing, it is not in 
pace with what the world consumes when aroused to full activity. 


A bargain: Automatic addressing machine, cost $350; Rem- 
ington No. 6, $115; 5,000 stencils, $7.50; Sundries, $50. Total 
$522.50. Will be sold cheap. If interested, see manager, room 
16, 773 Market street. 

E. B. Courvoisier, frame maker, 1374 Sutter street, bet. 

Van Ness and Franklin. Allow me to estimate on your regilding. 


Quotations on request 

Sutro & Co. 

412 Montgomery Street 

Zadig & Co., Stock Brokers 

Tonopah, Goldfield, Bullfrog, Manhattan, Comstock. 
Fairview and Rawhide Stocks. Have option on shares 
best Rawhide properties for a few days only. 324 Bush 

Private "Wire Chicago — New York. 


f New York Stock Exchange 
Member s Chicago Board of Trade 

(. Stock and Bond Exchange, S. F. 
Local and Eastern Stocks and Bonds 

Main Office 

Mills Bide. 

Tel. Kearny 482 

Branch Office 
Hotel Alexandria 
Los Ansreles 

January 2, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

Elizabeth Freemantle has written a book that is most beau- 
tiful in its every detail. Its title is "The One and I." It is a 
picture of the Canadian woods. Mrs. Freemantle has a happy 
faculty of making one feel as though present at every described 
scene in her splendid work. The book is a succession of beauti- 
ful pictures, and in every way an apotheosis of the Great Out- 
doors in the Canadian Northwest. The illustrations are few 
but beautifully done, and the binding and letter-press is quite in 
keeping. If you have a friend, who is from Canada, you can 
select no better holiday present than this. 

Published by George W. Jacobs & Co., Philadelphia. 

Mrs. Laura M. Westall contributes a treatise that is almost 
technical as to the study of mind cure. She has named her book 
"A Common Sense View of Mind Cure." She tries, and indeed 
does succeed, in explaining many of the alleged phenomena of 
mind-cure on a most rational basV. This book does not en- 
deavor to show that the mind can cure actual organic diseases, 
but rather that the common functional disorders can be cured or 
driven away by the use of will power. The hunk is specific in 
the ordinary sense of the word. 

Funk & Wagnalls, New York and London. 

Arthur Merrill Cleghorn has just been appointed instruc- 
tor in English and Mathematics for tin 1 School of Agriculture 
on the University Farm at Davis. Mi-. Cleghorn is the first 
of the special faculty of the Agricultural High School to be ap- 
pointed. Mr. Cleghorn is a native of South Dakota, and Becured 
his high school training in Northfield,' Minnesota, lie a-ttended 
Carleton College in the same place for our year. In litoo he en- 
tered Pomona College, and was graduated frith the A. I!, degree 
in 1903. During the following year he taught private -hit 

on Catalina Island. During 1904-5, he held the Hilgard Me 

Lai Scholarship at the Univerait] of California, and was reader 
in (he Creek Department under Professor Clapp. From thai 
time to October. 1901. he has been variously engaged as instruc- 
tor in St. Matthew's School at Burlingame, v Q >V t '. 
Meriam Co., in San Francisco, and with the Sierra Educational 
News. For more than a year he has been engaged in the office 

of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction at Sacramento. 
and comes to the university mosl highly recommended bj 9 
Superintendent Hyatt, lie will enter upon his new duties at 
Davis the first of January. A great deal of interest is being 

taken in the opening of the School of Agriculture, and B 

attendance is anticipated. Superintendent Anderson will gladly 

give all information regarding the opening of the school and its 

purposes. Address Davis, California. 

The Citizens' Alliance is out with its annual report of 

1908. Much detailed informati n of the workings of 

i lie Uliance in the past year, ami the new spheres of usefulness, 
consequent upon the reorganization of the Uliance at the be- 
ginning of ire touched upon. The - -ted to 
the workings of the employment bureaus opened in 1908 
lhat a implished both for employer 
and or od a nnin'o. I of testimonial loiters fron 
thai bave seemed employmi - - ■-■ n. showing that the efforts 
of the alliance in this direction has met with considerable ap- 
preciation. In the matter of industrial disturbances, th 
/ens' Alliance has worked for th top," and its influence 
in "killing" atriki onsiderable length. It has 
particularly worked against the j by the unions of dif- 
ferent businesses and establishments. Within the year the Al- 
liance sianed the publishing of an individual organ named the 
ne," which has worked a profit for the organi- 
zation in addition to affording a forum for the expression of its 
doctrines and workings. Financially th it the 
income of the Citizens' Uliance is far in 
ditures, and that affairs generally are in a very prospero; . - 


The waging of war against tuberculosis by means of the Red 
Cross Christmas stamp has taken hold of this city with vigor. 

A few weeks ago the stamp was first made known to this pub- 
lic at a general meeting of the Red Cross Society, and since then 
considerable work has been accomplished in a quiet way. It 
seems that 100,000 stamps arrived from Washington, and were 
immediately consumed by the promulgators of the cause, and 
by this time hundreds of Christmas letters and packages have 
left the city bearing the Red Cross insignia of health. 

The stamps cost one penny, and are an adornment which any 
package might be proud to carry; additionally the indication is 
great that thousands are at work in the endeavor to weed out 
tuberculosis. The American National Red Cross is behind the 
movement, and this year every State in the Union is aiding in 
the warfare for the elimination of the terrible disease. The 
stamps have already brought forth an enormous sum, which is 
to be utilized for dispensaries and nurses and for the education 
of the people in the matter of prevention. 

The work is in its infancy, but has gained ground and at- 
tention. The Christmas stamp, however, is but the forerunner 
of what is to be accomplished. 

In this city the Association for the Study and Prevention of 
Tuberculosis will continue the onslaught without cessation. It is 
to be a permanent fighting power against the inroads of consump- 
tion. Within four months, the society has gained nearly 1,000 
members, and has several life memberships. 

Adolph Roos, founder of the house of Roos, is dead. San 

Francisco loses a broad-minded man, and one who was identified 
with all of its progress and always in the fore-front of the com- 
mercial and financial world. Mr. IJoos leaves a loving and united 
family and a host of friends to whom he was endeared by his 
lovable and chivalrous qualilio. Mr. Roos was a native of 
France, and ai the timi of hjl death was 11 years old. 

No more dread ol polishing day, 
it makes Silver cleaning like play. 


Cleans and politic? Silverware in a 

most surprising manner. 

9.*nrt jwlitrv-M far Plin *AW»*l.I. 
or lSctA tn »t»mp« f»r full *iie«l t>-.x t—«t-p*M. 
] ■ 

Sold trv Grocers and Drugglftt*. 

Hibcmia Savings and Loan Society 

[Member of Associated Savings Banks of San Francisco) 

At a meeting of the board nf director, held this day. a dividend has been 

declared at the rate of four 1 « 1 per cent per annum on all deposits for the six months end- 
ing December it, iqo8. free from all taxes, and payable OO and after January a. toog. 
Dividends not drawn will be added to deposit »nd become a pan thereof, and 

will earn dividend from January i, tooo. Deposits made on or before January to. iqoq. 
will draw interest from January I. iqoq. 

Conwi of Market. McAllister and Jo 
December *8. 1008. 

R. M. TOBIN. Secretary 


Humboldt Saving* Bank 

[Member of The Associated Sa\ings Banks of San Fran 
For the half year ending December >ist. i*«.j di\ idend ha* been declared at tberate of 
:-er cent per annum on all sa* ings der^s'ts. free of taxes, payable on and after 
Saturday, January and. iooo. ailed for are added to and bear the same 

rate of interest as the i^oo. 

Office — 78* Market Street near «th. 

W. E. PALMER. Secretary 

Italian-American Bank 

he half year ending Decembe' 
. per cent per annurr 
Saturday, Januar> a. igoo. V 

Office— Corner Montgomery i 

tooS. a dividend has been declared at tbe rate of 

m and after 
: 'fir the same rate 

A. E. SBARBORO. Cashier 
San Franosc". Cat. 

The Scandinavian Savings 

Me - 

For the half year e - 

^ per cent per annur 
January a. i-»o. 

Office— Caroii :> B -' - . 

e rate of 
aaj and after Saturday. 

DONALD. Cashier. 


San Francisco News Letter 

Januaey 2, 1909. 


Since the News Letter published the 
Condensed Milk account of the manner in which con- 

Jndustky. densed milk plants were established 

through the Northwest country, and 
sounded the alarm in regard to the promotion of just such 
schemes in California, there have been many letters received, and 
the editor has been flooded with information on this most inter- 
esting subject. It seems that condensed milk is a topic that will 
always interest the farmer, and there is no doubt that a glib 
talker can organize a condensed milk plant in any town or village 
where the farmer is filled with the consuming desire of a steady 
market for his milk. It is said that the firm of C. F. Rogers 
& Sons, ol Detroit, who are reported to be makers of machinery 
for condensing the lacteal fluid, and who also design the houses 
and attachments that go with such factories, are very active in 
these promotions, and that they are headed California-ward in 
their expansive condensing career. It seems they have literally 
milked the Northwest dry, and the crop of indulgent and gullible 
farmers who will buy stock in a condensed milk plant is not as 
prolific in yielding dollars as it was formerly. 

Another name is that of J.. B. Ratcliffe, mentioned as a pro- 
motion star in lacteal fluid condensation. He is another who is 
said to condense the hayseed dollars to his own use. It is said 
that the general procedure, as outlined last week in these col- 
umns, is correct, but that a feature was omitted when attention 
was not called to the fact that the original company is always 
over-capitalized sufficiently to allow the promoters to take a very 
generous proportion of the stock at a certain figure. The pro- 
moters build the factory, supply aud erect the machinery, fix the 
price of the whole contraption high enough to leave themselves a 
handsome profit, for promotion and other incidentals. 

Let us see how the condensed milk factory idea works. Here 
is a limited list, only .a very small part of the whole, submitted to 
this newspaper by a Northwestern correspondent. Washington is 
literally dotted with these failures or partial failures in the 
condensing milk line. Nooksack Valley Condensed Milk Com- 
pany is one that is reported trying to get more capital in order 
to go on. Yamhill Valley Condensed Milk Company — plant re- 
ported for sale, concern bankrupt. Washington Condensed Milk 
Company, Seattle, Washington, capital $15,000, in receiver's 
hands, brought $4,600. This is said to be the eighth companj of 
the Sogers promotion. Here are a number of practically new 
plants, organized in a territory already amply covered by exist- 
ing plants: Columbia Condensed Milk Co., Washougal, Wash- 
ington; Western Condensed Milk Co., ^Newberg, Oregon; Wil- 
lamette Valley C. M. Co., MiMinnieville. Ore.— -all new plants 
that are not making or Belling any milk am] are shut down. All 
of these plants are organized to suit the pocket of the community 
and without any real regard to the future success of the plant. 
This is one prolific source'of failures. 

The operations of the promoters in the East have been i- dis- 
astrous as in the West, and we -hall give a list of the plain- Easl 
and West that have not paid on the investment, or that have 
gone out of business, in future issues of the News Letter. Mean- 
while, all information that the fanners of Washington wish to 
give us on the subject is welcome It is entirely too bad that out 
of a desire to better not only themselves but the communities 
in which they live there should come such losses to the people 
who listen to the siren song of the promoter, but it is supposed 
that suckers are born every day, and that the climate of Wash 
ington and Oregon is conducive to a heavy birth-rate of the afore- 
mentioned victims of the hook baited by the promotion anglers. 

There should be some law passed, at 
Uniform Building Law. this session of the Legislature, that 

will make it possible in enforce the 
stipulations as to building restrictions, inserted in lot sales con- 
tracts. Along comes a man who plots an addition, and in his 
contract he provides that no house shall be erected in this plot 
to cost less than, we will say, seven thousand dollars. He ad- 
vertises this fact far and wide. The section is immediately looked 
upon as an exclusive one, and people purchase, resting" in full 
confidence on the stipulation in the contract. Houses sprins up, 
on all sides, and the cost is seven thousand and more for each 
house. Gradually all but a few lots in the trad are sold, and 

finally these are closed out to purchasers. This finishes the in- 
terest, of the original proprietor of the lots in the addition. He 
cares no longer whether there is a two thousand dollar or a ten 
thousand dollar house on the remaining or last lots sold. He 
will not bring suit, on the terms of the contract, if the last buyer 
puts up a chicken coop on the property. It is then left to the 
other buyers to take united or individual action against the man 
who has broken his contract, and who has erected the objection- 
able edifice next door to a seven thousand dollar residence, and 
whom the original owner of the lots refuses to prosecute. A 
whole block of residences is marred by the building of small 
and objectionable houses. The law should he so designed that the 
breaking of the original building restriction in the contract may- 
be prosecuted as an offense against the general public, and by the 
public prosecutor on complaint by citizens who have been in- 

If there is reason to complain of the parly who breaks a con- 
tract in this wise, and puts up cheap aud objectionable dwellings 
in a select residence section, there is yet another feature, con- 
nected with such residence tracts,' that calls for condemnation, 
but wdiich it is at the present impossible to reach under the law. 
That is the case of the individual who spends far beyond the 
amount required by the contract, .but who, in bis nudity, puts up 
a pastry-cook's nightmare of hodge-podge architecture, or who 
comforts himself in a square box of most hideous size and expen- 
onstruetion, and rails it his residence. The fellow has in- 
sulted our taste and injured our feelings, and yet there is no way 
to reach him. His imagination is limited, and unfortunately his 
purse is not. This kind of man goes on inflicting his bad laste 
on us, and there is no way to cause him to stop in his mad career. 
Some day the community will appoint a supervising committee 
of architects, with the power to restrict this particular evil, by 
prohibiting the infliction of architectural monstrosities on the 
people. That day is as yet distant, but it must come as soon as 
ueral public has reached the condition of appreciating the 
difference between ugliness iinl I.i-.-mi i .. . Iiiiv.een the unlimited 
expenditure of wealth and the wise expenditure of modest means 
in the building of the beautiful. 

"I hear you anywhere in the room; why 1 
could not hear oidinary conversation one 
foot away. 

"I have had the Acousticon now for 
neark a year and it is all in all tome. Gold# 
could not buy it if 1 could not get another. 

"St. Louis, Mo." 

The experience of Mr. Brown is the same 
a^ that of thousands who are now using the 
Acousticon — to them we have said as we 
now sav to you: 

"Test the Acousticon and let us prove 
that it will make you hear easily, distinctly 
and clearly 


If vim arc not convonicnt to una of OUT many 
offices. j">i can tent it at jmur uwn home and If jrou 
do not hear}- the ti ml will not coat you 
one cent M, trial fee, no penalty, no expense 
xvbatcver if you do not bear. 

Tlio Acousticon ii Ilia ori K ln«l electrical hearing 
device, fully protected by V S. patents and 70a 
cannot icciiro anything an efficient under another 

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and California Advertiser 



(Continued from page IS) 

The St. Francis Hotel, situated as it is directly in front of 
Union Square, will be in the very heart of the great carnival thai 
San Franciscans have prepared for New Year's eve. When the 
clock hands come together at midnight, Union Square will be in 
a blaze of glory, and the guests of the St. Francis will gaze upon 
our greatest local celebration from the finest vantage point to be 

It was a real old-fashioned Christmas that the guests of the 
Hotel Victoria enjoyed last Friday, and yet it was a Christmas 
entirely up to date, for to be strictly correct just for the moment, 
as our Latin friends put it, one must be as antiquated in a 
colonial way as possible. The new fashion in entertaining is the 
old-fashion revived, intensified and made somewhat more pic- 
turesque by a wee dash of modernism, so there were greens and 
bonbons, red berries and orchids, and in a culinary way every- 
thing from the humble pumpkin pie to cochon de lait. 

The four dinner parties given at the hotel were all old-fash- 
ioned affairs — real Miles Standish, George Washington feasts, 
seasoned and sauced in the regulation "down East" way. In 
each instance the national bird> browned to a turn, came steam- 
ing hot to the table, where it was taken in charge by Monsieur 
Ladagnous, who, acting as master of ceremonies, attended to 
all of the carving. On a table in the center of the European 

dining room was the cochon de lait, festooned with red ribl 

with a holly sprig in his mouth. All of the dining rooms, the 
private, American, European and banquet hall, were strung with 
Christmas greens. 

Monsieur A. de Closmadenz was host in the European dining 
hall to a party of eight. Mis table was a mass of i iolets, and il 
was nestling among the fragrant blossoms thai the guests dis- 
covered the turkey. Pommery Sec was the wine of preference. 

Monsieur and Madame M. Holland entertained a party of 
four. Their table was made attractive with carnations. 

Perhaps the most elaborate of the old-fashioned dinners was 
given by Mrs. A. L. Foye, in the banquei hall. The big apart- 
ment was put in the hands of a florist, and the decorations were 
exquisite and costly. The turkey was carved on the table, and 
following the old custom, the other coursi in the 

same way. Mrs. Foye wo re handsome im] I dire gown. 

The other ladies had the same style of Ql 

eluded Mrs. J. H. Sullivan, Miss I 

Sullivan, A. T. Dunbar, Dr. and Mrs. B. E. Park. Mr. and 

Mrs. II. 11. Chiaholm, Mrs. Douglas, W. YV. Douglas. 

The wedding Last week of Mis.- Phoebe Raisch and Ban] < o 
Hunt came as a surprise to their many friends, whi 
given to understand the affair would not take place until spring. 
But the young peopli teir minds, and the Ri 

liannn was asked ffi late i quiet little home wedding 

which Mr. and Mis. Hum went South on a shorl wedding trip. 
The} have returned and taken up their permanent 
the Bote] Victoria. 

Mr. and Mis. !•'. E, Cook, with their daughter. M -- 
t look, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Farmer, with their -"ii. Mr. Ralph 
Fanner, made up a jolly party from Fresno who »ere at Del 
Monte for I hxistmas and look part in the 

The following San ] - De Mob for the 

Christmas week: Mrs. John Boggs, M 
Fred 11. Boggs; Mr. and M.s. \'\ . ii. VVhepli . ; Mr. T. J 
and Mi. David Young; Mr. and Mrs. Gai a M \ ib; Mrs 9 
Pearson and daughter: Mr. 1>. L. Leeper and his mother: Mrs. 
\\ . M. Leeper; Mr. and Mrs. St J. Schobi ; Mr. and Mrs. 
11. Jacobs and Mr. II. \. Curtis; Mr. and Mrs. Y\. II. La Buy- 
teattx and fain i I \ : Mr. Arthur Lamb; Mr. >. I'.- I. 

Mr. 1.. \V. Hill and Mr. D. M. Truman arrived from the 
South in their auto the latter part ol 

Mr. and Mrs. I -ham. of Detro t, Mid - in. who have 

just returned from an extended tour of th. I 

U r a month or longer. Mr. [shan 

of a number of successful plays and novels, and wh 
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San Francisco News Letter 

January 2, 1909. 


The annual meeting and banquet of the Life Underwriters' 
Association of San Francisco will be held on Saturday evening, 
January 30th, in the St. Francis Hotel, and will eclipse anything 
of the kind ever attempted by this young organization. The 

members will hrirg their ladies. 

* * * 

B. E. Eittenh'ouse, who at the last general election failed to 
secure a second term as insurance commissioner for the State 
of Colorado, has accepted the Presidency of the Provident Sav- 
ings Life of New York. This company has not been in affluent 
circumstances during the past several years, but an effort will 
be made to put it on its feet, and Rittenhouse is considered to be 
the best available man for the undertaking. Mr. Rittenhouse 
has been a notable figure in insurance supervision. 

The Cosmopolitan Fire Insurance Company has reinsured its 
entire outstanding liability in the Royal Exchange of London 

as of December 31, 1908. The deal will leave the Cosmopolitan 
with its capital of $300,000 intact, and a surplus of about $100,- 

000. The future course of the company is undecided. 

* * * 

James H. Warden,- for twenty-six years secretary of the Ameri- 
can of Newark, and prior to that for eight years assistant secre- 
tary, has resigned, to take effect December 31, 1908, in order to 
take up his residence in California. Mr. Warden has a fine home 
and orange grove in the southern part of this State. He is suc- 
ceeded bv Assistant Secretary (_'. Weston Bailey. 
' * * * 

It is proposed to change the Colorado code so as to secure 
greater supervision of fidelity and surety companies, increase 
the minimum capital of these companies from $250,000 to $500,- 
000, and restrict the character of their investments. It is also 
recommended that special deposits be deducted from admitted 
assets, and not included in surplus funds reported to the de- 
partment. An effort will also be made to pass a law compelling 
the payment to the State of at least three per cent of the premium 
on any contract of insurance placed with an unauthorized com- 

* * * 

J. B. F. Davis & Son, a prominent San Francisco brokerage 
firm, has been sued by Hanford and de Veuve, Inc., of Seattle. 
for full payment of their stock in the latter company, amounting 
to $50,000. Hanford and de Veuve complain that Davis & Sons 
have failed to turn into the firm an amount of business equal to 
that of the value on the business and plant which they turned 
over to the incorporated company of the same name, and this 
suit is said to be preliminary .to a suit for $100,000 damages 
against Davis & Sons for breach of contract. 

* * * 

Portland business men are actively interesting themselves in 
the repeal of the present Oregon deposit law requiring $50,000 
in approved securities to be deposited by outside fire insurance 
companies before receiving the Stan's license. The Chamber of 
Commerce will ask the coming legislature to repeal this law, as 
many companies are debarred from writing business in the State 
owing to their disinclination to make the deposit. 

* * * 

The Fireman's Fund has been awarded $2,000 damages against 
the O. R. & X. Railroad at Colfax, Wash. The company sued 
for recovery of amount paid on account of the Winona fire, which 
occurred August 2:1. I'.M',. The company was held responsible 
for the spreading of the flames through having stored in depot 
buildings dynamite, which exploded, throwing burning brands 
into surrounding property. 

* * * 

No matter what its age or past performances, every insurance 
company should carefully see to it that all its doings are pre- 
sented for public record and observation. From the agent's view- 
point, this kind of publicity is to be desired because it will tend to 
convert his calling into a profession. Knowledge that no get- 
rich-quick concern can survive, and that only the most meri- 
torious companies can withstand this acid test, will add to the 

self-respect of the solicitor and increase his income, and in many 
instances it will prevent the solicitor from succumbing to the 
temptation of employing unfair means against a competing 


* * * 

Some of the younger life insurance companies have been in 
trouble this year. Several companies which were doing a big 
business a year or two ago by means of stock-selling or other 
schemes, have subsided greatly when compelled to give up these 
deceptive devices. Internal dissensions have torn several, and 
reorganizations have been necessary. Altogether it would be 
difficult to say how the younger companies as a class have fared. 
It may be said, however, that it has been a source of surprise 
that there have not been more failures or reinsurances than there 
have. It was the opinion of many men in the business that most 
of these new concerns were doomed to failure. There is a large 
amount of energy in these new companies, and the men in charge 
of them are showing greater strength than some were inclined to 

give them credit for. 

* * * 

Vice-President J. B. Levison, of the Fireman's Fund, who was 
recently operated' upon for appendicitis, is rapidly improving. — 
The California Life Insurance Company is being organized in 
Los Angeles. — The Seattle Fire and Marine has thus far been 
unsuccessful in its efforts to join the Board. — Vice-President 
Joseph Frudenfelt, of the Queen City, was a recent visitor. — 
Manager J. J. Kenny, of the British America and Western, has 
returned from a two months' absence in the East. — George A. 
Lynch is now southern manager of the Columbian National Life, 
and F. N. Coffin superintendent of agencies for the Pacific Coast 
Held under Manager Bohm. — Work on the handsome new office 
building of the Metropolitan Life is now progressing rapidly. — 
The Legislature will be asked to pass a law compelling fire in- 
surance companies to contribute to the firemen's pension funds. 
— W. H. Lowden. Pacific States manager of the Norwich Union. 




Fireman's Fund Insurance Company 

Capital, $1,600,000 

Assets, $6,000,000 

California and Sansome Streets 
San Francisco, California 

Cash Capital. $200,000 

Cash Assets. $681, 377.39 

Pacific Coast Casualty Company 


Employers' Liability, General Liability, Teams, Elevators, Workmen's 
Collective. Vessels, Burglary, Plate Glass Insurance. 

Officers — Edmund F. Green. President: John C. Coleman, Vice-Presi- 
dent; F. A. Zane, Secretary; Ant. Borel & Co., Treasurers; F. P. Deerlng. 

Directors — A. Borel, H. E. Bothin. Edward L. Brayton, John C. Cole- 
man, F. P. Deering. E. F. Green, James K. Moffltt, Henry Rosenfeld, 
Adolph A. Son, William S. Tevls. 

Head Office — Merchants' Exchange Building, San Francisco. Marshal 
A. Frank Company. General Agents for California, Kohl Building, San 

The Connecticut Fire Insurance Company 

Of Hartford. Established 1860. 

Capital $1,000,000.00 

Total Assets 6.721,433.00 

Surplus to Policyholders 2,282,186.00 


British and Foreign Marine Insurance Co. Ltd. 

Of Liverpool. 

Capital $6,700,000 


The Wesl: Coaft Life Insurance Co. 

San Francisco, Cal. 

A strong, well managed Institution; organized under the rigid Insurance 
laws of California, Its policy forms are clear and explicit and define and 
guard the Interests of policy-holders as do those of no other company, 
Ask any agent, or write the company for sample of policy forms. 

January 2, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


has had the States of Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and New 
Mexico added to his territory. — No more commissions will be 
paid to salaried employees of insurance offices. — II. T>. Leall has 
been appointed special agent for the Bertheau-Watson agency. — 
('. S. Montgomery of the National Life was elected president of 
the Life Underwriters' Association of Los Angeles last week. — 
San Diego offers $.250 reward for the arrest of incendiaries. — 
J. W. Day, formerly cashier in the New York Life's San Fran- 
cisco office, has been made the company's agency director at Port- 
land, Oregon. — W. C. Weld now has charge of the Pacific 
MutuaPs Seattle office. 


Glaus Spreckels represented an era 
Clatjs Spkeckels Death, in history. He belonged to the age 
of blood and iron. He belonged to 
the p.eriod of the Huntingtons, the Stanforrls, the Crockers and 
others of the type who builded the empire of California. The 
age these men lived in was the age of result-makers. It was an 
unlovely, crude age, an age of grubbing and remorseless money- 
gouging and wealth-getting, and there was little of refinement 
in it. Of all the men who have made the history of early Cali- 
. fornia there is probably none \nho made his money out of the 
people with less suffering to the people than Spreckels. 

It is reported that in his short span of existence of eighty odd 
years he amassed some fifty-one millions of dollars. This is an 
awful, almost terrifying lot of money. It represents unheard of, 
unthinkable, opportunities to do harm. It might have been a 
mighty enginery for good. The results, except as they mean the 
piled-up millions in the family coffers, have meant much for 
California, but they might have meant much more! Directly, 
Mr. Clans Spreckels might have done much more for his fellow- 
man. Indirectly, he did a great deal, but what he did was only 
incidental to the things he was doing for himself. He was a 
wonderful man. He was an irresistible force. He was a part of 
the age we have mentioned above. It was not an age in which 
conscience ever played a very active part. It \v:is not an age in 
which heart, dominated mind. It was an acquisitive, performing, 
crude, cruel, conquering age, and it may lie that it could trader 
no conditions have been different. It was a wonderful era: it 
was the era of the builders of empire, hut it was a period of soul 
atrophy, and the big sugar king, who lies in silent state, and to 
whom his sons and their families make obeisance, was no less a 
king than some of the rulers of the old world. He had carved a 
throne out of golden dollars, and be recognized no oilier signet 
of authority. Tie is gone, and with his going arc broken many 
combinations in business. Everywhere in this community and in 
Hawaii there will be a new alignment as a result of the death 
of this great big performer of things. 

Mr. Clans Spreckels was a most interesting figure. His 
achievemenls were all made without the help of others and nol 
through combinations with others. His were new ideas. While 
Ibis indomitable man was engaged in many things thai gave em- 
ployment to thousands of people, there was nothing in which he 
held interest that ever occupied his time more than the single 

item of sugar. 

He owned a million dollars or more of the San Joaquin Valley 
Railroad stock. He was the owner of more than ten millions in 
veal estate in San Franeiseo. His investments in San Dil 5 

-row n to a value of eight millions, lie wa* interested in the 
Western Sugar Refinery, to the tune of fifteen millions or more. 
His interest in the Oceanic S. 9. Co. was rale.! a: two and a 
half million dollars, ne had immense interests in Hawaii plan- 
tations, and his holdings in Union Pacific and Southern 
bonds were large. His Havemeyer holdings amount to about 
fourteen millions, and lie was interested in the First F 
Trust and other financial institutions in this city. Tt 
mated thai the total valuation of the estate is about fifty-one 
millions of dollars. It must not lie believed that this moneyed 
sugar king was all iron and inflexibility, for he was identified 
witli many of the charities of the city, and lie had donated many 
•ids of dollars to public improvement. San Francisco owes 
much to Claus Spreckels. but it is a pity he was not big 

adebted to him for much more than mere money may 
give. Some pee- -timated the Spreckels fortune 

hundred millions, but it is probable that half of this amount is 
nearer the , orrect figure amassed by this wonderful man in his 


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San Francisco News Letter 

January 2, 1909. 


Robert Aitken, the sculptor, has been winning fresh laurels 
for California. His bronze group, "The Flame," received first 
honors and the medal at the winter exhibition of the National 
Academy of Design against many competitors. This particular 
prize, a' gift of Mary Foster Bamett, is to be given annually. 
and this is the first year of its inauguration. One hundred dol- 
lars in coin ami a gold medal are included in th i award. Aitken 
was represented at the exhibition by eight pieces. His successful 
piece, "The Flame." and three oth irs, are now at the Bohemian 

Club in Ibis citv, and are attracting universal admiration i Qg 

llic members. "The Flame" is a nude group about two feel high, 
showing a young man and woman in embrace. There is admirable 
contrast in the modeling of the two figures, and in the balance of 

flic pose. The powei of the thin"' lies in its simplicitj of a - 

ing. "The Bacchante" is another highly successful piece or Ait- 
ken's work, an elusive, rarely done study of womankind. These 
latest examples of this young California sculptor's work show 
great progress and development in the most extraordinary degree 
on his work of the past. He is working away East at presenl 
on a series of busts for promiuent theatrical people. One of David 
Warfield was so successful that Augustus Thomas, the play- 
wright, sat for Aitken. and the likeness is said to be even better 
than the one of Warfield. Victor Herbert and Pax id Belasco 

will also pose in the near future. 

* * * 

At the Best Art School the Yuletide season was properly cele- 
brated by a jinks and an exhibition of the work of the students. 
The work is of a popular nature, for the students are most of 
them qualifying themselves under Best for positions as magazine 
and newspaper illustrators. Many of the hlack-and-whites. pas- 
tels and water-colors on the walls were quite creditable, and 
showed that a number of talented young men and women are 
enrolled at the school. The collection will remain on view until 
after the holidays, and there are some excellent hits on sale. 

* * * 

W. A. Coulter, the marine artist, has several waterscapes on 
view in the assembly hall of the Merchants' Exchange. Then' are 
four large marines on the walls, of which "The Destruction of 
San Francisco" is interesting to those that lived through the dark 
period of that historic April in 1900. It is a sympathetic hand- 
ling of the water-front, with some original notes introduced in 

the cloud effects. 

* * * 

The American Free Art League of Boston is working hard 
the-.' days toward the attainment of its commendable ends. Its 
main object is to secure the removal of the duty on works of art. 
and many influential members, both of the art-world and the 
laity, are overcoming obstacles toward this accomplishment. It 
i- in lie hoped that Congress, ai its nexl session, will see the wis- 
dom of the League's claims, and thai this great hindrance lo art 
development in this country will lie overcome. 

American artists are invited to submit fifty canvases to the in- 
ternational exhibition of paintings to be held in Venice next 

summer. Water colors and works of sculpture in the same i - 

her ;ire also desired. The National Academy of Design of New 
York will appoint a committee to select works from its forthcom- 
ing exhibition for representation abroad. The Venetian exhibi- 
tion will open in April and run until October. The cost of col- 
lecting, shipping and insurance will lie paid by the directors of 
the Venetian exhibition. 

The tenants of the Studio Building on Presidio avenue gave 
a masquerade affair on the evening of December 30th, which 
proved an uproarious success. Costumes of weird and uncanny 
nature were worn in profusion, and id one was admitted un- 
masked, f'lose to a hundred of the artistic fraternity celebrated 
the closing of the old year and the advent of the new. 

Heaven may be no higher than yon h;ll — 

One brave hour's climb! Then, standing there, you see 
Cnvisione'd peaks and higher mounting still — 
So Heaven a step to higher heavens may be. 

— Richard R. Kirk in Appleton's. 


According to El Renacimiento, the leading native daily in 
Manila. Professor Dean < '. Worcester, Secretary of the Interior 
for the Philippines, is a peculiarly abhorrent "Americano." That 
paper describes the official as being engaged in "Ascendiug the 
mountains oi Benguet to classify and measure the skulls of the 
[gorrote and study and civilize them, and to espy in his flight, 
with llie eye of the bird of prey, where arc the large deposits 
of gold, the prey concealed amidst the lonely mountains, to ap- 
propriate them to himself afterwards, thanks to legal facilities 
made and unmade at will, but always for his own benefit." And 
also. "Authorizing, despite laws and ordinances, an illegal slaugh- 
tering of diseased cattle in order to derive benefit from the in- 
feeieil ami putrid meat which he himself was obliged to con- 
demn by virtue of his official position." 

Finally, the writer, in one brief, concentrated summary, labels 
the American as "an eagle who surprises and devours a vulture 
who gorges himself on dead aud putrid meats, an owl who affects 
a petulant omniscience, and a vampire who silently sucks the 
blood of the victim until he leaves it bloodless." 

The Profe-sor. after assimilating these startling analyses of 
his moral characteristics, lias brought suit against the paper on 
the grounds of criminal libel. 


In an address before the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sci- 
ences, President Arthur 'J'. Hadley, of Yale University, in dis- 
cussing compulsory military service in Germany, called attention 
to some facts that are well worth considering in the United 
Stales. Chief among these is the fact that military service, 
probably above all other work, cultivates, indeed compels, habits 
nf cleanliness, hygiene and order that are vitally necessary in 
every-day life. There is no cure for dirt, shiftlessness, laziness 
and untidiness so effectual as military discipline. The amount 
of time and efficiency lost on account of the four causes named 
fairly counterbalances the loss of productiveness of the individ- 
uals during their period of military service. When the soldier 
returns to civil life he is nearly always a better workman and 
citizen than his brother who has never learned habits of system, 
neatness and attention to duly, let alone patriotism. Australia 
is as democratic and progressive a land as there is under the 
sun. and Australia has just provided for a scheme of limited 
compulsory military service. 

Every young American should have some military training, 
for the country's good and his own as well. 

Dr. Byron W. Haines ha.- returned to San Francisco, [o 

the past two years Doctor Haines has traveled extensively, and 

has attended many dental conventions. He has been interi 
in following out the many new ideas presented, and in investi- 
gating the newest methods in dentistry exploited al these meet- 
ings. I enjoyed a conversation mi denial topics at his suite, 501 
in :;•.':: Geary street, opposite the St. Francis. Doctor Haines ex- 
presses himself as surprised at the vast improvement that has 
gone mi in San Francisco since his departure two years ago on his 

travels. His wanderlust being assuaged, he is content with dear 
nf! San Francisco as a permanent abiding place. 

In Alameda. A good business buggy; has been used only a few 
times. Cost $150; will be sold for $95. Apply Central Stables, 
Sherman street, near Encinal avenue, Alameda. 

The Peer of All! 



Bass-Hueter Co. 

816 Mission Street 

Adapted to Every Machine 


"Friction Costs More Than Lubrication" 

January 2, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 



fcxsss&^ zzzim^ 

A cup has been offered by the Chanslor & Lyon supply house 
for the fastest time for a motor car from this city to Del Monte 
ami return. The rules for the event eail for a touring car with 
four people, or runabout with three people, and the competition 
not to be opened until after January 1st. This is following the 
lead of the same house in Los Angeles, where the cup offered for 
the best time between the Southern metropolis and San Diego 
has recently been captured by H. L. Harvey and party in a 
forty horse-power Rambler Roadster. 

The competition for the new Del Monte record promises to 
be very keen, practically every agent and representative of auto- 
mobiles in the city expressing a desire to bo one of the first to 
make a try for the record. Among the first to get ready for the 
trip are the Rambler representatives, the Acme agent, Norman 
De Vuax in an Auburn, Charles JHoward in a Buick White 
Streak, Rene Marx, with a Renault runabout, Fernando Nelson 
and Jack Leavitt, with a Stoddard-Dayton ear. It has been sug- 
gested that on account of the numerous contestants for the honor 
of winning the first event for the cup, which is to be a perpetual 
trophy, that the different competitors draw for the privilege of 
first establishing the record. 

The race, which will be about two hundred and fifty miles, 
offers the best opportunity for the local motorists to witness and 
take part in a road race of the present season. In fact, it would 
be a worthy object for the automobile elub to arrange to have a 
road race in which all of the contestants could take an equal 
chance for the cup, the winner keeping the trophy until the time 
was lowered by another car. 

That the time for the distance will be made fast is assured by 
the power of the cars and the reputation for driving of the local 
representatives who will pilot their machines. With the excep- 
tion of the San Juan grade, the roada to Del Monte offer evei 
opportunity for fast driving, the numerous breakers of tin 1 San 
Francisco to Los Angeles record always made their besi time be- 
tween this city and San Juan. The road Prom Salinas to I 'el 
Monte is perfect for speeding. The racers should be able to 
make the whole distance, with the exception of the (rinding San 
Juan grade, on (he high speed. 

The best unofficial time from San Ifrancisco i<> Del Monte is 
around the four hour mark, made by Dr. Snead and pari 
a Stearns car. This time will undoubtedlj be lowered materia 
The trophy, being a perpetual one, will undoubtedly furnish 
competition ami spori for the local i nthusiaats during the 

w bole "I' ne\l season. 

* * * 

Fernando Nelson, the holder of the famous San Francisco to 
Los ingeles record, has won the honor of having the first chance 
lo establish the round-trip record from this eitv to Del Monti'. 

Nelson will he accompanied by his three sons, and will make the 
run in his old Columbia car, with which he established a Yosem- 
iie record, and later set a mark for the run to Los ingeles. This 
will hi' the third important record held by the old ear. 

At (he race meet held last Saturday in Los \n. s. the fam- 
ous White racing ear. Whistling Billy, with Qua S a ied ai 
the wheel, went through the fence, breaking to pieces and finally 
hunting up. Seigfried was attempting to heal the time for one 
mile of 53 seconds made bj Oldfield in a Steams when the 
denl happened. The dri\ t escaped -ems injury. 

» * * 

A greal many of the local automobile dealers will take part 

in the an parade to he held New "* ear's i rening. All of 

the agents have entered cats, and will contest for t Vred 

by the committee for the besl deco ind the largest imm- 

of one make of ears to he in line. John || immeramith, who 

the automobile feature id' tin- i 
i ont.' thousand D sed for the event. The 

Pioneer, the White, the Consolidated, the Thomas B. Jeffery anil 

the Romard Automobile Companies will have cars in :'. 

* * * 

The Consolidated Motor Car Co. report the arrival of Mr. I.. 
P. Lowe's mod I Franklin 



PRICE $1600 F. 0. B. FACTORY 


EIGHT— 2200 pounds. 

SPRINGS— From semi-elliptic, rear full 

CYLINDERS— 4 1-2x5 cast in pairs. 
TIRES— 34x4 front and rear. 

WHEEL BASE— 112 inches. 
AXLES — Front: Single piece, 1 beam 

Rear: Bevel gear, roller and ball bearing. 
MOTOR — Four cylinder, 40 h. p., water 

TRANSMISSION— Three speed selective BRAKES— Two sets, double ading on rear 
CLUTCH— Multiple disc. wheel. 

EQUIPMENT— Full lamp and tool equip- FRAME— Pressed steel. 

ment. IGNITION — Arranged for two systems. 

"Why should you pay from 50 to 1 00 per cent more for a car 
that will do no more than the Oakland "Forty." . 

There is no car equal to the Oakland 'Forty" sold for less 
than $2S0O. Investigate and you will be convinced. 


General Agent for California. Oregon and Washington 
324 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco 

Mr. and Mrs. Wakefield Baker. Mi" Marion Baker and Mr. 
Carl E. Wolfe, arrived at Del Monte Saturday evening from San 

t'r, isco in Mr. leaker'- Mathesou touring ear. 

The Studebaker Limousine cars are not 
surpassed by even the excessively high 
priced cars offered in this country by 
foreign makers. It is an intimate 
knowledge of the requirements of Amer- 
ica's most exclusive and fashionable 
vehicle trade that has enabled the Stude- 
bakers to produce cars of the enclosed 
type. A recent shipment of limousines is 
now on display in our salesrooms. They 
are the embodiment of comfort, luxury 
and style. Our demonstrator is always at 
your service. 

When you call don't fail to inspect our 
elegant line of imported robes and blankets. 
We have them in shades, sizes and prices 
that will please the most fastidious. Your 
carriage or automobile is incomplete with- 
out at least one of these. 

Mission at Fremont 

Pbone Doufilas 9000 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 2, 1909. 





Are the assets of the Oldsmobile, the car 
that has no weak point. 

Chalmers Detroit 1909 Thomas 

Immediate Delivery 

Price $2900 San Francisco 


901 Golden Gate Ave. 

Another record sale and delivery of ;i Studebaker automobile 
was made recently by Manager John H. Eagal of the automobile 
department of the Studebaker Bros.' Company local branch. At 
S o'clock in the morning a long distance message was received 
from the Los Angeles representative of the Studebaker Com- 
pany. The latter called for a seven-passenger Model B forty 
horse-power touring car, and urged immediate delivery. A ear 
answering in detail the description was taken from the salesrooms 
here and shipped by the steamer State of California,, which de- 
parted at 9 :30 o'clock. 

* * * 

The J. W. Leavitt Company, local agents for the Reo and 
Stoddard-Dayton cars, has leased the big building at the corner 
of Hyde and Golden Gate avenue, and will move from their old 
quarters early in January. Leavitt says that the company will 
have the largest salesroom and storage accommodations "I' any 
automobile concern west of Chicago. 

* * * 

The first shipment of new Pope-Hartford cars was received 
last week by the Consolidated Motor Car Company. VV. H. 
Phelps, Pacific Coast representative of the Pope-Hartford fac- 
tory, reports a number of these cars on the road from the factory. 
The new car is very fast on the hills. 

* * * 

The Consolidated Motoi Car Company report the sale of a 
Model "S" Pope Hartford '09, specially equipped, to Mr. E. 
Schmieden, of Ross, Cal. 

* * * 

Mi-. R. L. Coleman, capitalist, of Burlingame, Cal., has pur- 
chased a '09 Franklin Mode! ••<;." painted red. ['mm tlie Con- 
solidated Motor Car Company. 

* * * 

Mr. C. II. Letcher, of San Jose, ,jn-; received his Cadillac "30" 
demonstrator from Cuyler Lee in San Francisco, and drove 

down to San Jose. 

During the coming season the White Steam Care will lie built 
in two distinct models, large and small. The larger of the new 
cars is known as the Model "M." It is rated at 40 -team horse- 
power and sells for $4,000. f. o. I>. Cleveland, equipped with acety- 
lene headlights and tank, oil lamps, horn and tool kit. The 
wheel-base is 1'.'2 inches; the front tires 36x4 inches and the rear 
tires 36xfl inches. The car is regularly equipped with a straight- 
line seven-passenger body. Tie' smaller of the new ears will be 
known as the Modei "O." Tt is rated at 20 steam horse-power 
and sells for $2,000 f.o.b. Cleveland, equipped with oil lamps, 
horn and tool kit. The wheel-base is 104 inches and the I ires. 
both front and back, are 32x3 1-2 inches. The car is regularly 
equipped with a straight-line five-passenger body. 

* * * 

Miss Franc Merchante, whose picture in her Packard '09 tour- 
ing ear appeared in our holiday number, does not believe in using 
her Packard for mere pleasure and business, but delights in 
talcing a whole ear full of little orphans from the different asy- 
lums and giving them a ride through the park. This she did 

the day before Christmas. Mr. Cuyler Lee donated his Packard 

ami Mrs. Dr. J. A. Black kindly loaned hers, and eighteen little 
girls from the Maria Kip Orphanage enjoyed a real home Christ- 
mas dinner at Miss Mcrchante's charming borne. 

* * * 

The Diamond Rubber Company will establish an agency in 
Seattle within a short rime, the increase in the automobile busi- 
ness in ill" N'orthwest being so large as to warrant a branch 
lire house in Seattle, i '. Mathewson, local representative of the 
Diamond Rubber Company, will leave in a few days for the 

* * * 

Mr. I'".. A. Waterman, of Fresno, has jusl received from Cuyler 
Le ■ bis Cadillac "30" I lemonstrator. 
Mr. John W. Stetson, of Oakland, received the lirsl Cadillac 

":i0" lo be delivered al retail in San Francisco, by Olivier Lee. 

RENAULT The Car Guaranteed For Life 

Reliability, Silence, Simplicity 

Speed, Endurance 


316-322 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, Cal. 

Telephone, Market 981 

January 2, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


Indicative of the popularity and the patronage enjoyed by the 
Studebaker automobiles and specially significant at the present 
nine, is the following telegram which was received by the Stude- 
baker Bros. Company of California, sent by the New York branch 
of the same institution : 

"Notwithstanding inclement weather, sales at this branch con- 
stantly increasing. Past two weeks sold forty-four cars. This 
proves public appreciates quality, liberal treatment and a square 

Coming as it does from the New York branch of the Stude- 
baker Bros. Company, the despatch indicates not only a healthy 
demand for the Studebaker cars in the East, but likewise in the 
South, as the New York house controls that portion of the 

That the Studebaker automobile is the favorite machine of 
Mrs. Andrew Carnegie is the information contained in a letter 
which was received by Chester N. Weaver, manager of the Stude- 
baker Bros. Company of California, yesterday. The letter, 
which was written at Skibo Castle, in Scotland, was addressed to 
A. L. Garford, of the Garford Motor Company, which has prac- 
tically been absorbed by the Studebaker Company, and was then 
forwarded to Weaver. In part the letter reads as follows : 

"My dear Mr. Garford — In conversation yesterday, Mr. Car- 
negie said that of ten automobile* he has, the 'Studebaker' was 
Mrs. Carnegie's favorite. He said he believed it had the best 
machine that was made. I told him 1 should probably write this 
to a friend in America. He was perfectly willing, he said, to 
.stand by his statement. — William B. Cadmus." 

The letter has been the source of much satisfaction to the local 
representatives of the Studebaker automobile. 

The United States Government has purchased another Stude- 
baker automobile. The deal was closed yesterday by Manager 
John H. Bagal, of the automobile department of the local branch 
of the Studebaker Bros. Company of California. The car, which 
is a model B, "40" horse-power touring car of green body and 
trimmings, will be shipped at once to Honolulu, where it will be 
put into immediate use. 

Ever since the famous Studebaker "army despatch car" made 
its remarkable run from New York City last February to Fort 
Leavenworth, Kansas, carrying a message from Major-General 
Frederick I). Grant to the commandant of the army at Fort 
Leavenworth, the Government lias bought several Studebaker 
cars. The trip of the Studebaker "army despatch car" occupied 
eighteen days, covered a distance of more than '.'.nun miles, and 
«;is made through mud, snow and over iee. Bj manj automobile 

men. the test of the car was considered one "I' the mosl 
ever given in the history of the industry. 

The shipping of the car in Honolulu mai ond Stude- 

bakei sale in the islands within the past two weeks. 

* * * 

Adyertising and ils effect is one of the must important features 

of the automobile industry. So great an influence does an ener- 
getic campaign of newspaper advertising wield that the manu- 
facturers of motor ears spend annually thousands of dollars ill 
describing the merits el' theil n I cars in the newspapers 

throughout the country I i interview on the advantages and 
results of advertising, E. P. Brinegar, of the Pioneer Automo- 
bile Company, said: "The methi : og automobiles is one 
of the mosl important qui Ever 

since the automobile industry was in its infancy, up to the last 


Our Automatic Steering and Safety Device 




Fully and 
by patents 

Insures your safety and your car. Holds the car steady if 
you lose control. Assists the driver at all times. Price S5.0O. 

The Abrams-Mason Co.. Sole Manufacturers. Chatham. N. Y. 

Geo. H. Woodward. Agent. 444-44S Fulton Street, 
San Francisco 

Qsen & Hunter 

Auto Co. .Jit 





In response to a demand for a larger and roomier car than 
our 20 H. P.. 4 Cylinder. Model "R". and more moderate in 
price than our Light Six. we have produced the Model "X". 
This car represents the most advanced ideas in automobile 

Pacific Motor Car Company 

376-380 Golden Gate Avenue 
Oakland Branch: 1 308- 1 Franklin Street 

Mimtfarrared kj Sterea>-D«TE* 

t LcMMd 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 2, 1909. 

two years, the chief difficulty the manufacturers had to overcome 
was the equal distribution of their outputs to the country repre- 
sentatives. It was not a question of how to get rid of such a 
number of machines, but how many each agent could be allowed. 
With the rapid increase in the production of motor cars, how- 
ever, the competition arising therefrom became close, and has 
continued until an automobile is now sold, not purchased, sev- 
eral months in advance of delivery. The people have become 
educated to motor cars principally by the publicity given in 
newspapers, and liberal advertising on the part of the factories. 
Advertising creates the interest among the .possible purchasers 
of automobiles, and eventually brings results in the shape of in- 
quiries for a ca ■. An instance of the advantage of preliminary 
advertising is shown by the orders we placed for Chalmers-De- 
troit ears, principally from customers who had become familiar 
with that line of machines from reading the advertisements.. 
Another case of advertisement is shown by the Thomas Company, 
which sold hundreds, and is continuing to sell hundreds of 
Thomas ears all over the world, as a result of the victory in the 
New York to Paris race. Every newspaper in the country had 
pictures and ads of the car, and people placed their orders sim- 
ply on the showing made by the car. [ consider newspaper ad- 
vertising one of the most important and successful methods of 
disposing of automobiles.'"'" 

Arthur Holmes, assistant mechanical engineer for the H. H. 
Franklin Manufacturing Company, has just returned to the 
company's headquarters at Syracuse after a three months' tour 
of the Pacific Coast States. He made the trip for the purpose 
of studying the automobile conditions west of the Eockies, of 
conferring with Franklin dealers, and with owners of Franklin 
motor cars, and of so familiarizing himself with the expanding 
needs of that rapidly developing section of the country as to 
anticipate them and increase the adaptability of the Franklin to 
the varied uses of the region. 

Visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, Walla Walla, Pendleton, 
Seattle, Spokane and many smaller places, he traveled over all 
kinds of roads and all kinds of grades. The routes he traversed 
by automobile ranged from paved city streets to Eawlins Pass, 
which is credited with having the steepest grade in Southern 
California. Through the latter, he went with Ealph C. Hamlin 
of Los Angeles, who, with a Franklin automobile, has broken 
two records during the past season, that for the round trip be- 
tween Los Angeles and San Diego and a world's ten-mile record 
for stock cars upon a track. 

Beginning at Los Angeles, the route through the pass extends 
twenty-five or thirty miles among the mountains. The steepest 
part is about a quarter of a mile long. The road has been cut 
seventy feet deep through the great natural barrier, and the 
walls rise nearly straight at each side of the narrow way. 

Two hundred feet below the roadway, passengers on the South- 
ern Pacific Bailway make the same trip by tunnel. 

Grades everywhere were given attention by Mr. Holmes. They 
run to twenty and twenty-five per cent, and in advance of the 
automobile six, eight and ten horses have hauled wagons over 
them. In Seattle is a grade of twenty-eight per cent. 

"One grade," says Mr. Holmes, "was the worst I ever went 
over, partly because of its length. It measured two miles. Near 
the top it was S'2.6 per cent. At some places it was about ten 
per cent, and it averages about fifteen. That was near Dayton. 
I went over it in a 16 horse-power Franklin." 

In some localities, dust six, eight and ten inches deep was 
a road difficulty encountered by Mr. Holmes. He studied con- 
ditions both in the dry and rainy seasons, in the latter of which 


Runabouts Touring- Cars 

Roadsters Limousines 

Walter C. Morris 
640 Van Ness Ave. 

Tel. Franklin 3777 San Francisco 

IGHT weight; 
control; no 
tire nuisance; 
none of the unreason- 
able running expense; 
solid comfort — that's a 
Franklin automobile — 
past, present and future. 

Consolidated Motor Car Company 

402-6 Golden Gate Ave. 

Phone Franklin 3910 





5,000 Miles Riding 

Write for a copy of that 
Guarantee, stating size tire 
you are using:. 

Address Dept. A 

Ajax-Grieb Rubber Co. 

General Office: 

N. E. Corner 57th Street and 
Broadway. NEW YORK. 

Pacific Coast 
Branches: San 
Francisco. Cal., 
460 Golden 
Gate Ave.; I_os 
Angeles. Calif.. 
1040 S. Main 
Street; Seattle, 
■Wash.. 1 1 

January 2, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


the thick dust turns to deep mud. All of his traveling was with 
either automobile dealers or owners, of whom he talked with 
several hundred. 

The trade outlook Ml. Holmes found most promising, every- 
body expecting 1909 to be a big business year. Abnormal con- 
ditions exist, he says, in San Francisco because of the neces- 
sarily great expenditure of money in rebuilding since the earth- 
quake and fire, and full recovery is yet in the future, but every- 
where else the people are expectant of unprecedented prosperity, 

built upon an already prosperous past. 

* * * 

Madison Square Garden is leading a double life at present, 
for while one show is in progress in the main halt, there is go- 
ing on in the basement, and in all the available rooms upstairs, 
strenuous preparations for another and bigger show, the annual 
exhibit of automobiles that begins January 16th. Three score 
workmen are busy in the basement, and others in various parts 
of the building. Already the rathskeller is half-finished, and 
various features of the structural work completed. For the 
lighting and telephone service, seventy-five miles of wire have 
been stretched inside the Garden, while outside the wire used for 
telephone connections amounts to 267 miles. The extent of 
the preparations for a show of this magnitude is astonishing 
when revealed. According to M. L. Downs, secretary of the 
show committee of the Association of Licensed Automobile 
Manufacturers, there are now seven buildings in the city wholly 
given over from basement to roof with work on decorative mater- 
ial for the show, while several carloads of furniture are on the 
way to New York from the West. This work in the garden has 
been in progress for a fortnight, and will continue in the same 
fashion until January 9th, when the automobile people will take 
complete possession. From that time on there will be a varied 
activity in every part of the big building that will be a show of 


* * * 

Speaking of the recent trip of the one hundred members of 
the Chamber of Commerce to Southern California, E. P. Brine- 
gar, of the Pioneer Automobile Company, said that I he automo- 
biles of Southern California contributed very largely to the suc- 
cess of the trip, and much to the pleasure of the delegates. In 
Los Angeles, the party was met by a delegation from the Cham- 
ber of Commerce, with fifty automobiles, and were taken for a 
three-hours' ride all over the cily. On the following da] al l.'iver- 
side, the entire party were (akin for an automobile ride of some 
forty or fifty miles, and on their slop at Santa Maria they were 
met by fifty-six automobiles. This was indeed a surprise to the 
entire party. The machines were numbered and lined up accord- 
ing to number, and kept in this order throughout the entire fifty 
mile drive. Mr. Brinegar states that the handling of the 
machines at Santa Maria was the best he bai a, and he 

believes our local people, in gi\ tug automobile parades, would do 
well to consult those who had charge of the automobile ride at 
Santa Maria. The visitors were all surprised at the number and 
class of machines used in Southern California. Automobiles 
were seen as far south as Imperial Valley. 

* * * 

All who have studied the subject statistically know that there 
are no such big profits in automobile manufacture as popularly 
is supposed. It is a fact, too, that all the makers have been 
striving yearly to reduce the cost of production and lower the 
selling price ii order to ini ease their output and their a 
This is simply sound business policy. The truth is. that prices 
have been lowered from year to year in an indirect way that is 
not sufficiently appreciated. Car.- have been vastly improved in 
the last four years. They have grown in size and power and ele- 
gance, and the prices have not advanced in proportion — in other 
words, the makers have lowered their prices each year by giving 

more for the money. 

* * • 

The tire which made such a record on the car of Percy Walker 
during his long tour of Europe last season, has been placed on 
exhibition at the Pioneer Automobile Company by the local 
agents of the Diamond Uubber Company. Walker toured in a 

Thomas runabout. 

* * • 

The first of the 1909 Rambler cars have arrived, and 8re creat- 
ing a great deal of interest among the local automobilists. The 
new car is rated at forty horse-power, and reported very fast on 
the hills. 

We Don't Expect to Sell Every Dealer 


'The Oil In the Checkerboard Can" 

--but we DO exped, Mr. Dealer, that if you don't keep Panhard Oil in slock, you will be 
fair with us and TELL YOUR CUSTOMERS SO. 

We believe that sooner or later you will sell Panhard Oil, because you can thereby give 
your customers the best oil on the market. Also you know it is easier to sell something 
for which there is a universal demand. 

We guarantee that you will secure the permanent trade of every customer to whom you 
sell Panhard Oil—that's why it will pay you well to keep our oil in stock. 

Our booklet, "Lubrication," gives a tot of useful information on cylinder oil. We will 
send you a complimentary copy upon request. 

Beware of Imitators 

L. H. and B. I. BILL, Sole Distributors 

132 Valencia Street 

San Francisco, Cal. 

Peerless Cars 

All that the name implies. 



Salesrooms and G a r a g e : 
N.W. corner Van Ness and 
Golden Gate Avenues. 

The fines! livery 
service in the Wes!. 

Ring up FRANKLIN 1535 

Also Agents for the 
Apperson Car 


San Francisco News Letter January 2, 1909. 

Representative Garages of San Francisco. 

Fig. 1 — S p. m. — The start — jacking up the car. 


A unique feature of the 1909 Rambler line jus! annnuiiivd by 
Thomas B. Je'ffery & Company, which will attract a great deal of 
attention, is the Rambler spare wheel and inflated tire. All 1909 
four-cylinder Ramblers are fitted for this equipment, which con- 

Fig. ..' — 3.01 p. in. — Wheel entirety loosened, r 
to he taken off. 

sists of a wheel complete, except the hub center, on which is 
carried a complete tire, inflated. 

The wheel is secured to the huh center by six bolts. Remov- 
ing the six nuts from these bolts, the wheel ran be detached bv 

Fig. $ — S.0S p. in. — Spare wheel ready to go on. 


Automobile and Carriage 


K & K Company 

507 Turk Street San Francisco, Cal 

Telephone Franklin 3391 

Washington and East Streets 

Phone Kearny 678 

Ferry Garage Company 

All Workmanship Guaranteed 
re Renting: Supplies Machinist 

White Garage 

Hayes near Polk Sts. 

Phone Market 1705 

Auto Livery Co. 

M. L. Rosenfeld, Mgr. 

Van Ness and Golden Gate. 

Phone Franklin 1535 

The McAlpine Garage 

Jas. K. McAlpine, Mgr. 

1618 to 1630 Jackson St. 

Phone Franklin 3256 

Panhandle Garage 

E. P. Slosson, Mgr. 
N. E. Cor. Fell and Ashbury. 

Tel. West 6885 

The Renstrom Garage 

424 to 446 Stanyan Street. 

Tel. Park 476 

Golden Gate School of 
Automobile Engineering 

419425 Larkin Street 
Phone Franklin 3391 


Clearing House 

Sin Francisco, Cal. 

San Francisco 


Chanslor & Lyon Motor Supply Co. 


Automobile Accessories 
Largest and most com- 
plete stock on the Coast 

Agents for Hartford Tires 

H. D. McCoy 
Secretary and Manager 

542-4-6 Golden Gate Ave. 
San Francisco.'Cal. 

NOTICE. Phone Market 751 


Monogram Oils 


Monogram Oils 


Pacific Coasl Distributors : 

Geo. P. Moore Company 

721 Golden Gate Avenue- 

San Francisco Cal. 

January 2, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


means of special tools, a wheel puller and a socket wrench. Only 
lime minutes are required to make the change. 
This spare wheel is a regular wheel in every particular. It 

lits on either front or rear, and it is not necessary at the end of 
lie trip to change it. In the event of tire trouble, the injured 
tire >an he repaired, replaced on the original wheel, inflated, 
and that wheel is thereafter carried as a spare wheel. Besides be- 
ing a handy provision against tire trouble, an extra wheel is al- 
ways valuable in case of need. 

Special brackets are provided to carry the wheel and tire, 
and an extra charge is made Eor the complete equipment. The 
illustrations tell the story quite conclusively. 

Fig. h — S.0S p. to.— Spare wheel with inflated lire in place 

* * * 

The Apperson car has just arrived in San Francisco, and is 
now on exhibition in the salesrooms of the Anlu Livery Com- 
pany at 605 Van Ness avenue. While this car has been manu- 
factured for a great many years, tbis is the first time that it has 
had direct representation in San Francisco. The car is famous 
throughout, the East, especially through the performances of the 
famous Apperson "Jack Rabbit." It should do well in San 
Francisco under the capable management of the Auto Livery 
Company, whose president. Max i;. Rosenfeld, is one of the mosl 

competent automobile men on the Pacific Coast. 

* * * 

W. H. Kirkpatrick. the genera] sales manage] of the Peerless 
Motor Car Company, has just been spending a week in San 
Francisco as the guest of Max I.. Rosenfeld of ib'' Auto Livery 
Company. Mr. Kirkpatrick states thai the coming season will 
prove a banner year Eor the Peerless car-. and he is well satisfied 
with the sales being made throughoui the country. 




Only used 500 Miles. Must be Sold Now 

A Great Bargain 





100 Van Ness Avenue, cor. Grove 

Tips to Automobilists 

PALO ALTO — Stanford Auto and Manufacturing Co.. renting, repairing 
and sundries. Fire-proof garage. Day and night service. 443-9 Emerson 
street.^ Tel. Main 7S. Machine and repair department, 511 Alma street. 

SAN JOSE— WALLACE BROS.' GARAGE, Market and St. James 

streets. 20,000 square feet of floor space-. Special accommodations for 

Indies. Repairing, sundries, renting. Fire proof garage. Day and night 

SAN JOSE.— Stop at LETCHER'S New Garage for first-class service. 
We cater to the touring public. Attractive parlor for ladies in connec- 
tion. "Mission Front" garage next to corner of First and St. James Sts. 

GILROY, CAL. — George E. Tice, general machinist, expert repairing of 
automobiles and engines a specialty. Day or night service, 260 N. Mon- 
terey street. 

SAN JUAN.— Stop at the PLAZA HOTEL, opposite the OLD MISSION. 
Special attention paid to automobilists. 

PETALUMA. — McNear Garage and Machine Works. Any kind of auto 
repairing. Full line of auto supplies; complete machine shop. Corner 
Third and C streets. 

HANFORD— The GURNEE Garage. Any kind of automobile repairing. 
Full line of auto supplies. Open day and night. Complete machine shop. 
Telephone Main 35. "TOW BOAT" always ready. 

We Want Your Automobile Repair and Machine Work 

The Irvin Machine Works 

335-337 Golden Gate Avenue 
President and Manager 

Phone Market 2366 

San Francisco 

Keenan Bros. 

Automobile Engineers, Machinists and Blacksmiths. 
273 Valencia Street, San Francisco. Telephone Market 1986 




and at less expense and inconven- 
ience to you than at present. Rent 
your batteries from Auto Ignition Co. 
709-711 Octavla St, Phone Market 5678. 


Pacific Coast "Technical Representatives" 



We carry a complete line of Masmetos and Parts. 
Phone Market 1426 465 Golden Gate Avenue 



Tires Retreaded and Made New 
Phone Park 710 636 Van Ness Ave 



Successors to Rim 4 Fl KINGTON RIBBFR CO. 

Phone Franklin 612 

524 Polk Street, near Golden Gate Ave. San Francisco. Cal. 

Thomas B. Jeffery 4 Company. 117-126 Valencia Su. San Francisco 


-Duryea touring;.! ,:nder. ? passenger. Completely over- 

haul ev . newly painted and in good order. Can be seen at the 

Reliance Automobile Company 

Park 324 

Phones: P „. k 325 

547-557 Fahon Str««« 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 2, 1909. 

A subject dealt with impressively by President W. H. Hotch- 
kiss, of the A. A. A., in his annual report, is the national idea, 
and how rapidly it is growing among motorists. To illustrate, 
he quoted from the monthly bulletin of the Automobile Club 
of Philadelphia, as follows : "A word now to the motor user : As 
an individual,' you cannot bring about the result you want, nor 
yet as a local club, nor. as a single State federation. You must 
combine nationally — the man into the local club, that club into a 
State body, and this, in turn, into a compact national organiza- 
tion. * * * The above tells yon the reason for the existence of 
this club, the Pennsylvania Motor Federation and the American 
Automobile Association. This," says President Hotchkiss, "is 

the national idea." 

* * * 

With the signs of prosperity increasing, there is every reason 
to believe that a successful and stimulating series of races could 
be held on the Florida Beach in the spring, if they are held the 
last of March, as there is now talk of doing. Every year hereto- 
fore'these contests have been held too early for the manufactur- 
ers, and, worse still, have been held before the beach has become 
settled after the winter's storms. With the beach in good con- 
dition, the show's off the minds of the manufacturers, and proper 
arrangements made for hotel accommodations, at reasonable 
rates, a meet of unprecedented proportions could be held under 
proper management. 

* * * 

The proposed race between F. A. Eagle and Mrs. L. Bradford, 
with their Studebaker and Electric cars respectively, promises to 
be an interesting demonstration of the advantages of the differ- 
ent class of machines for shopping purposes, the race being over 
ten miles of the busy streets down town, each contestant stop- 
ping at specified places and starting their cars at every stop. 

* * * 

The motorcycle has been increasing its popularity steadily of 
late years, but it is only recently that the manufacturers of this 
type of vehicle have organized. They, will act concertedly in the 
future, and the first complete exhibition of motorcycles under 
their auspices will be given at the licensed show in Madison 
Square Garden, January 16-23. 



Immediate Delivery 

"Forty" Runabout 

Immediate Delivery 

"Forty" Runabout 
Baby Tonneau 

The Greenland Co. Inc. 

Phone Market 1398 
Valencia near 14th San Francisco 

Legislators, do your duty ! Down with the track ! If you 

fail to do the bidding of the people, you will hear from your 
constituency in no uncertain tones. 


The Absolute Winner, as Usual, for the Year 1908. Based On the Standpoint of 

Economy, Durability, Reliability 
In The Glidden Tour 

it was $16.88 average tire up-keep cost per car equipped with Diamonds as against $64.94 average 
tire up-keep expense per car equipped with other makes. 

In The Chicago Reliability Run 

Tt was 11 points average penalty per car on six cars equipped with Diamond as against 25 points 
average penalty per car on three cars equipped by the nearest competitor. Diamond Tires therefore 
had double the liability of the next nearest make, yet showed 100 per cent greater efficiency. 

In The Philadelphia Fairmont Race 

it was $9.00 total up-keep expense on seven cars equipped with Diamonds, as against $841.50 total 
tire up-keep expense on nine cars equipped with other makes. 

In The Los Angeles Twenty-Four Hour Track Event 

Diamond Tires completed the entire run WITHOUT A SINGLE CHANGE of tires, as against 
Twenty-four Hour Race carried their car on the blistering run from Los Angeles to Phoenix, and 
two of the original tires were on the same car when it broke the ten mile track record at Phoenix for 
touring cars. 

It will pay you to Investigate our Mountain Tread Tire— The type that performed the above work. 
Also the Diamond Demountable Rim— The Safest and Fastest 


Los Angeles 

San Francisco 

January 2, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


ifmu Hags % (®ib Hnrlfc 

Retrospective 1908. 

Nineteen hundred and eight will be spoken of as a year in 
which Hip nations were at peace, but whoso preparations for war 
ami whose war establishments were never equaled in all their 
history. The cost of maintaining this preparedness for war dur- 
ing the year was something over $4,000,000 per day. Peace pre- 
vailed pretty much everywhere, and nowhere was a firing line 
established between hostile nations. And because of no wars, 
the political rights of man gained a firmer hold upon the machin- 
ery of Governments the world over than in any previous period 
of like duration. During 1908 every nation, save Persia, set up 
a higher standard of personal liberty, and in every nation the 
spirit of constitutionalism took deeper root in the hearts of 
human kind. The theory or belief of the divine right of kings 
was weakened at every point by the common people, so to speak, 
in their outspoken opposition to the employment of the armies 
of kings in exploiting their military prowess and kingly author- 
ity. Germany may be cited as a notable instance of the power of 
the spirit of peace when exercised by the plain people — the plain 
people who constitute the mightiness of national safety and pro- 
gress. Hut all the nations of Europe paid heed to the voice of 
the people in all political concerns during 1908. The Russian 
donraa gained valuable concessions during 1908 as a law mak- 
ing power from the Czar that will materially benefit the people, 
and in ratio to extending privileges to the masses, socialism and 
anarchism disappears. The despotic and cruel Sultan of Turkey 
has, in the last six months, completely surrendered to the people, 
and like the people, is subject to Parliament-made laws. During 
the same period, the Emperor of Germany was reminded by his 
people that the source of his authority was the will of lite people, 
and he took the hint and conformed to it. Austria, too, intro- 
duced many reforms in the intereai of the people during the 
year, and the same is true of China and Japan. Only Persia, of 
the more autocratic nations, went to the other extreme, and 
the Shah will sooner or later have to pay the penalty of curtailing 
the political rights of his subjects. Surely, L908 gave the people 
of nearly all nations a year of peace and a larger share of human 
rights under laws that no prince or potentate would dare attempt 
to abrogate. 

The year 1908 carried the United States to a higher level of 
national greatness ami emphasized the fundamental principle of 
individual sovereignty and collective solidity than in almost any 
previous year. Never did a Presidential campaign sweep over 
the land with more energj and earnestness, nor was there ever 
before so little political animosity exhibited. Everywhere the 
two leading candidates and theii partisans were respectful to 
their opponents. 11 was clearly ami distinctly a campaign of 
national economics. The one party, as did the other, advocated 

such principles of Government as it believed would more surely 

enhance and create better conditions of existence for all the 

people, and submitted the wsue to all the people. The people 
made their choice, and all the people cheerfully acquiesced. Mr. 
Tall, as did Mr. Bryan, felt and saw the need of a revision of 
the tariff schedule, and of a more elastic circulating money med- 
ium, and back of the argument and policy of the one. as well 
as of the other, there was a sincere desire to accomplish the high- 
est and '.' Me to the people's industries and com- 
merce and trade interests. The people preferred the theories of 
Mr. Taft, and so commie m to put them in practice, and 
that, too, without t 1 iction upon Mr. Bryan's integ- 
rity or hi irpose. In a'! respects, the Presidential cam- 
■M ,,l L908 »::- conducted more as a community of brothers 
aj upon accomplishing tie good to all, but differing 
in opinion as to how it coul - cured, which proves be- 
voml question that the people are gradually abandoning partisan 
vindietiveness under the influence i indard of i 
righ and true patriotism. Perhaps no greater evid 
of the honesty of purpose and right conduct of thi 
t parties obtained thin the Bet of the one as well as thi 
the other of making has;, at and repudiate certain 
powerful and influential lea lers from the high places to which 
they had been appointed -i the campaigns because their 
- conduct in public or in quasi-public concerns had been 
shadowy, if n :ht dishonest. Xorhing of the kind was 
in a national R ampaign. 
of the Presidential election result was decidedly 










Distributors for California and Nevada 

San Francisco, Cat. 



pleasing to the voters of the two great parties. That was the 
utter and hopeless weakness of* the Socialist party. Its leaders 
drew upon their party's utmost strength. They traveled the 
country over in special trains of profusely decorated railway 
cars, and addressed hundreds of thousands of voters, claiming, 
if not a chance to win, they would at least show a volume of sup- 
porters at the polls that would amaze the unthinking by the 
magnitude of its following and voting strength. The returns 
gave Debs less than one-third as many votes as the lowest esti- 
mate of the party before the election. This pleased the patriots 
of the land because it proved that Socialism is and always will 
be impossible in America. The political history of 1908 is satis- 
fying to practically all the nations, because human rights and 
personal liberty everywhere gained in strength and encourage- 
ment. It was a marvelously beneficial year for the cause of true 
constitutionalism, and never before in the world's life did the 
lamp of human liberty and man's personal rights burn with more 
force or shine more brilliantly than it does in the shadow of 
departing 1908 as it stands upon the dome of America's White 



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Burbank's New Creations. 

Royal and Paradox Walnuts. Santa Rosa Gaviota; Formosa Plum-; Rutland 
PJumcot; Vesuvius, the Beautiful Foliage Plum. Valuable booklet, illustrated In 
colors mailed for zsc. "California Horticulture. The Fruit Growers' Guide." z$x. 
Catalog and Price list mailed on application. 

Fancher Creek-Nurseries, Inc. 

P. O. Box 85. Kresno. Cal. 

Phone, DoofUs 1833. 

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San Francisco News Letter 

January 2, 1909. 


Editor News Letter — The remarks of the "Looker-On" in a 
recent issue of your paper referring to the lecture on Christian 
Science by Mr. Leonard, invite an answer. As his title indicates. 
the Looker-On appears to have merely looted on without com- 
prehending what Mr. Leonard was talking ahont or what Christ- 
ian Science is accomplishing in the world to-day. The Lookers 
On savs: "We are athirst for evidence, modern evidence, I'rcsh 
evidence. That's all! Fresh miracles deserve fresh proof," Had 
lie listened to what Mr. Leonard said, he would have heard the 
following personal experience: "1 was born with an incurable 
■organic disease, according to the physicians, and up to the time 
when Christian Science was presented to me. had never known a 
day of freedom from pain or suffering.'-' In a very skeptics^ 
frame of mind he went to a Christian Science practitioner, and 
was relieved of all suffering by one treatment. The continued 
treatment for three months, at the end of which time his family 
physician made an examination and pronounced him "as per- 
Feet a physical specimen as he had ever examined." That was 
over twenty years ago, and Christian Science alone has kept 
him well ever since. 'If this is the kind of evidence Looker-On 
desires, (here is an abundance of it available. 

In the November issue of the Arena is an article entitled 
"Christian Science and Organic Disease," in which the following 
rnseJ of'healing through Christian Science are described: Frac- 
ture of the olecranon and backward dislocation of the elbow, 
healed in thirty hours. A child who was born with a deformity 
which prevented normal action of the digestive tract was healed 
in one treatment. A lady whose case had been diagnosed by 
several physicians as cancer of the stomach and was declared by 
the head nurse of the Clara Barton Hospital at Los Angeles to 
have died, was restored to life and health through Christian 
Science. These cases are vouched for by the affidavits of physi- 
cians, nurses and others who knew of the conditions. 

Dr. W. F. W. Wilding, a member of the Royal College of 
Surgeons of England, of the British Medical Association, the 
Incorporated Society of Medical Officers of Health, and of the 
Licentiate "Royal College of Physicians of London. England, who 
ought to he competent to diagnose cases, also relates the healing 
through Christian Science of his father, who had an internal 
trouble culminating in a serious attack of hemorrhage, and of 
his daughter, who was suffering from tuberculosis of both hip 
joints, and also consumption of the lungs. These remarkable 
cures caused Or. Wilding to abandon his medical practice and 
take up the study and practice of Christian Science. 

Christian Scientists are not "working as substitutes for Ood." 
but they have learned that God works through divine law, which 
when understood and applied, heals the sick and the sinful. The 
difference between the 'Looker-On" and Christian Scientists is 
that the latter do not believe that "the age of miracles is post." 
if by miracles is meant healing by divine power; for they have 
abundantly proved to the satisfaction of countless thousands, 
during the past forty years, that the power of Cod is "the same, 
yesterday and to-dav, and forever." and is as able to heal a I Ihe 
present time as it was nineteen centuries ago. 
Sincerely yours. 

Frank W. Gale, 
State Committee on Publication. 
San Francisco, Cal„ Dec. Sfi, 1908. 

The Citizens' Alliance. 9'?0 Merchants' Exchange, calls 

the attention of the public to their Free Labor Bureaus, located 
at No. 10 City Hall avenue. S;m Francisco, and No. SO! Broad- 
way. Oakland. All classes of male help furnished absolutely free. 
Subscription to the Citizens' Magazine, $1 per year. Orders 

Promptness is a characteristic of the Spaulding Carpet 

Cleaning Company. Thoroughness is another, and the housewife 
who entrusts her rugs or carpets to this firm is a walking adver- 
tisement of its efficiency. Every quality that goes to ensure 
an ever-increasing patronage is the practice of this reliable house. 
The address is 925 Golden Gate avenue. 

The new Japanese rooms (Marsh's) with rare, high Jap- 
anese art exhibit, are now open in the Fairmont Hotel. 

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We will gladly assist you in doing this with our carefully se- 
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looking for, and at the right prices. 

L. Tozer & Son Company 

Interior Decorators 

1627 Pine St.. Between Van Ness and Polk, San Francisco 

187 Twelfth St., near Madison, Oakland 

Sherman, Clay & Co., occupying this entire building 
at Kearny and Sutter streets, San Francisco, are 
headquarters for every kind of musical instruments 
from Steinway pianos down. You have no need to 
go elsewherei for any article pertaining to the music 

Sherman Ray & Go. 

Steinway and Other Pianos- -Victor Talking! Machines 


Broadway at - 13th. Oakland 

H. Bette 

1163 Ellis Street, San Francisco 
Formerly 424 Sutter Street 

Importer of Fine Novelties, Maker of 

Ladies' Tailored Suits, Riding Habits 

a Specialty 

Chas. Lyons 

London Tailor 

Established 30 years. 

Importer and Dealer In Foreign and Domestic Woolens. 

Suits to order from $25.00 up 

Overcoats to order from $25.00 up 

Trousers to order from $ 6-00 up 

1432 Fillmore Street, 731 Van Ness Avenue, 771 Market Street, 

San Francisco 

968 Broadway, Oakland 


Yosemite Valley 


Southern Pacific 

By way of Merced in connection with the Yosemite Valley R. R. 
Only 10 hours' ride. to El Portal (the edge of the Valley), and three 
and one-half hours thence to the Heart of the Valley. 

Low side trip rates to Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of gigan- 
tic sequoias. 

Leave San Francisco daily 8.20 a. m. 

Ask any of our agents for details, or write CHARLES S. FEE, 
passenger traffic manager Southern Pacific Company, San Fran- 
cisco, for beautifully Illustrated descriptive literature. 


City Index and Purchasers' Guide 


Martin Aronsohn, Notaiy Public, 2004 Sutter street, corner Fillmore 
street. All legal papers drawn up accurately. Phone West 3016. 

Sold, rented, exchanged; manufacturers of Eames tricycle chair. 1808 
Market street, near Octavia. Telephone Fell 9911. 

Freiermuth & Price, 507 Crocker Building, San Francisco. 


W. A. Bryant, M. D., D. D. S., Surgery of the Head and Neck. Consul- 
tation hours: 10 a. m. to 1 p. m.i 6 to 8 p. m. 2941 Washington street. 
Telephone West 1039. 

Dr. G. F. Nevlus, Dentist. Formerly of James Flood Building, 814 Eddy 
street, San Francisco, Cal. 


Samuel M. Shortridge, Attorney-at-Law, Chronicle Building. San Fran- 
cisco. Tel. Douglas 2176. 


Or. R. T. Leaner & Co., 201 Pacific Building. 2d floor, 819 Market street, 
corner Fourth, San Francisco. Surgeon Chiropodists, formerly of 6 
Geary street. Remove corns entirely whole — painless -without knife. 
Bunions and ingrowing nails cured by a special and painless treatment. 

The Canadian Bank of Commerce 


Paid-up Capital. $10,000,000. Reserve Fund, $6, 100 

Aggregate Rosour'.'os. over $li!i(, ruin. 

B. E. WALKER. President. AI.EX. LAIRD, General .Manager. 

LONDON OFFICE. 2 Lombard St.. E. C. 

NEW YORK OFFICIO. 16 Exchange Pli 

BRITISH COLUMBIA— Cranbrook. Creston, Fernie, Greenwood, Kam- 
loops. Ladysmith. Mission City, Nanaimo. Nelson. New Westminster, 
Pentieton, Prince Rupert, Princeton, Revelstoke, Vancouver <i». and Vic- 

YUKON TERRITORY— Dawson and White Horse. ALBERTA 27; 

Portland. Oregon; Seattle. Wash.; Skagwav. Alaska 
BANKERS IN LONDON— The Bank of England. The Bank of Scotland, 
Lloyds' Bank. Ltd., The Union Bank of London and Smith's Bank Ltd. 
AGENTS IN CHICAGO— The First National Hank. 
AGENTS IN NEW ORLEANS— The Commercial National Bank. 
SAN FRANCISCO— Main Office. California and Sansome Sts. 
Branch — Corner Van Ness and Eddy. 

BRUCE IIEATHCOTE, Assistant Manager. 

The German Savings and Loan Society 

526 California St., San Francisco, Cal. 
Member of the Associated Savings Banks of San Francisco. 

Guaranteed Capital $1,200,000.00 

Capital actually paid up in rash 1,000,000.00 

Reserve and Contingent Funds 1,453,983.62 

Deposits, June 30, 1908 34,474,554.23 

Total assets 37.055,263.31 

Remittances may be made by draft, post-office or Wells. Fargo & Co.'s 
money orders or coin by express. 

Office Hours — 10 o'clock a. m. to 3 o'clock p. m., except Saturdays to 
12 o'clock m., and Saturday evenings from 7 o'clock p. m. to S o'clock 
p. m. for receipt of deposits only. 

OFFICERS— President, N. Ohlandt: First Vice-President, Daniel 
Meyer; Second Vice-President. Emil Rohte; Cashier, A. H. R. Schmidt; 
Assistant Cashier, William Herrmann; Secretary. George Tourney; 
Assistant Secretary, A. H. Muller; Goodfellow & Eells. General Attorneys. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS— N. Ohlandt Daniel Meyer, Emil Rohte, 
Tgn. Steinhart. I. N. Walter. J. W. Van Bergen, F. Tillmann. Jr., B. T. 
Kruse and W. S. Goodfellow. 

MISSION BRANCH, 2572 Mission street, between 21st and 22d streets. 
For receipt and payment of deposits only. 

London Paris National Bank 

Capital Surplus. $7110.000 

SIG. GRBENEBAUM, Prea nt. H. FLEISHHACKER, Vice President 

and Manager. ALDEN AN PERSON, Second Vice-President; R. AI.T- 
SCHUL, Cashier. C. F. HUNT, Assistant Cashier; a HOCHSTEIN, As- 
sistant Cashier. 

Central Trusl Company of California 

Market and Sansome Sts. Branches 3039 16th St.; 624 Van Ness Avenue. 

■ inta <>r Individuals, firms, corporations, unions, societies solicited. 
Interest paid on savings accounts. Drafts s<">M on nil parts of the world 

Capital paid-in, $1,500,000 Surplus. ?100,000 

B. G. T( »ON V/.'/A. Mai 

White Diamond Water Co. 

Pure Water for Oakland 

Incorporated Berkeley 

An absolutely sanitary water, neither boiled, distilled nor chemically 

treated, but bacteriologieaily purified by electrical process, 5 gallons 

DELIVERED FRESH EACH WEEK, $1.60 per month. Single 5 gallon 

bottle. 60 cents. 

Phones: Piedmont 1720 and Home A 4192. 
No. 1 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.Cal. 

Joshua Hendy Iron Works. 
The regular Annual Meeting of the stockholders of the Joshua Hendy 
Iron Works will be held :it the office of the corporation. No. 76 Fremont 
street, San Pi Ulfornla, on TUESDAY, the 5th day of January. 

L909, al Hi- hour of 10 o'clock a. m., for the purpose of electing a Board 
Ol Directors to serve for the ensuing year, and the transaction of such 
other business as may come before the m< 

Dated December IS, 1908. 

Andes Silver Mining Company. 
Ltlon of principal place of business, San Francisco, California. Loca- 
tion of works. Virginia City, Storey County, Nevada. 

Notli ■ given that at a meeting of the Board of Directors, held 

on the -llli day of December, 1P0S. an assessment (No. 6!>> of ten il"i> cents 
per share was levied upon the capital stork "f the corporation, payable 
immediately in United states gold coin, to the Secretary, at the office 
of the company, room 116, 330 Bush street. San Francisco, California. 
Anv stock upon which -nient shall remain unpaid on 

will he delinquent and advertised for sale at public auction, and unless 

1 fore, will be sold on TfESTWY. the 2d day of Febru- 
ary. 1909, to j>:i\ the delinquent assess merit, together with the 
Using and expenses Of S 
By order of the Board of Directors. 

JOHN W TWIGGS. Secretary 
Office— Room 116. No. 339 Bush street. San California. 


T. Lytle's Superior Weather S lade Dost, Draught, 

.ii rl Rain, and stop the rattle of - 
- m Francis 

French Savings Bank 


Paid-up Capital 

Total Assets $4,270,800 

Strictly ai ink. Open Saturday evenings from 7 to S:3o. 

OFFICERS dent; Vrthur Legallet, First Vice- 
President: Leon Bo Vice-President; a. Bousquet 
tary; A. Bergerot. Attorney. 

DIRECTORS N. C. Babln, J A. Bergei Arthur Le- 

leney, H. di J. M. Dupas, Leon Bocquerax, J. E. 

Arllgues. J. S. Godeau. John Ginty 


The Freneh-Anurii-an Bank <■ the same building. 

The Anglo-Californian Bank, Limited 

Head Office — 18 Austin Friars. London, E. C. 

Capital Authorize.! Paid-up. $I.500,0(\ 

■ ibed. 93.000 
This bank nkine business, sells drafts 

the world. Sends bills for col 


Savage Gold and Silver Mining Company. 
Location of principal place of business San Francisco, California. Loca- 
tion of works. Virginia City. Storey Count] 

Notice is hereby giver rhe Board of Oil 

held on the November. of ten 

ts per share 'ration. 

ly in Pnite«t States gold <~nin to t' at the 

:iv, room 111 San Franei? 

Any stock upon which this assessment shall remain unpaid on 
will be delinquent and advertised for sale at public auction, an ; 
pavment is i >ld on THURSDAY, the 2«th day of 

ie delinquent assessment, together with I 

By order of the Board of Directors. ------- « 





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Specify MORGAN & 
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your 1909 car and 
avoid Trouble ! 

Wein&ock Nichols Co. 

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calling' for Milk or Cream will be more successful and satisfactory 
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Thomas Car. winner of New 1 orh to Paris race. 

orphans in a Peerless Car. 

Statement of the Condition and Value of the Assets and Liabilities of 

The Hibernia Savings and Loan Society 

(Member of the Associated Savings Banks of San Francisco) 

A Corporation, and where said Assets are Situated, dated December 31, 1908. 


1 — Bonds of tin- United States ($5,885,000.00), of the Dietricl of Columbia, guaranteed by the [Tnited States Gov- 
ernment ($475,000.00). of the State of California ($250, .00), and Municipalities thereof ($1,598,800.00) 

the actual value of which is $10,226,503.81 

2— Cash in United States Gold and Silver Coin and Checks 1,643,665.00 

3— Miscellaneous Bonds, the actual vain.' of which is 6,322,960.00 

They are: 
"San Francisco ami Xorth Pacific Railway Company 5 per cent Bonds" ($475,000.00), "San Francisco and 
San Joaquin Valley Railway Company 5 per cent Bonds" ($108,000.00), "Southern Pacific Branch Railway 
Company of California 6 per cent Bonds" ($249,000.00), "Northern California Railway Company 5 per cenl 
B Is" ($83,000.00), "Northern Railway Company of California •"> per cenl B Is" ($29, 1.00), "Los An- 
geles Pacific Railroad Company of California Refunding 5 percent Bonds" ($400,000.00), "Los Angeles Rail- 
way Company of California 5 per cent Bonds" ($334,000.00), "Market Street Cable Rajlway Company 6 per 
Cent Bonds" ($1,130,000.00), "Market Street Railway Company First Consolidated Mortgage 5 per cent 
bonds" ($753,000.00), "Powel] stree1 Railwaj Companj G percent Bonds" ($185,000.00), "The Omnibus 
Cable Company 6 per cent bonds" ($167,000.00), "Sutter Street Railway Company 5 per cent Bonds" ($150,- 
.00), "Ferries and Cliff House Railway Company 6 percent Bonds" ($6,000.00), "The Merchants' Ex- 
change I per cent Bonds" ($1,500,000.00), "San Francisco Gas and Electric Company 4ty> per cent Bonds" 

i — Promissory Notes and the debts thereby secured, the actual value of which is 33,89 1,892. 1 '.' 

The condition of said Promissory Notes and debts is as follows: They are till existing Contracts, owned by 
said Corporation, and are payable to it at its office, which is situated at the corner of .Market. McAllister and 
Jones streets, in the City and County of San Francisco, State of California, and the payment thereof is se- 
cured by First Mortgages on Real Estate within this State. Said Promissory Notes are kept and held by said 
Corporation at its said office, which is its principal place of business, and said notes and debts are there situ tti d. 

•5 — Promissory Notes and the debts thereby secured, the actual value of which is 227,529.00 

The condition of said Promissorj Notes and debts is as follows: They are all existing Contracts, owned bj 
said Corporation, and arc payable to it at its office, which is situated as aforesaid, and the payment thereof is 
secured by pledge and hypothecation of Bonds of Railroads and Quasi-public Corporations and oilier securities. 

6 — (a) — t.'nii Estate situate,! in the City and County of San Francisco ($172,202.41 ). and in the Counties of 
Santa Clara ($27,383.29). Alameda ($23,063.52), and San Mateo ($2,251.57), in this State, the actual 

value of which is 224,900.79 

(b) The land ami building in which said ( lorporation keeps its said office, the actual value ot which is is. no 

The condition of said Real Estate is thai ii belongs to said Corporation, and part of it is productive. 

- — Contingent Fund — Interest due and uncollected on Promissory Notes $1 18,01 1.68 

Interest accrued but m I payable on I nited States and other B Is 102. s; ;.s i 

Proportion of Taxes for the Fiscal fear, L908-1909, chargeable to next year 15,054.81 


Total Assets $53,794,506.16 


1 — Said Corporation owes Deposits amounting to and the actual value- of which is $50,131 ,4 1 LI 1 

2 — Accrued Interest — Interest due ami uncollected on Promissory Notes $148,014.68 

Interest accrued hut not yet payable on United States and other bonds 102,877.84 250,892.52 

3 — Taxes — Proportion of taxes Cor the Fiscal Year, t908-1909, chargeable to next year 45,054.81 

i— Reserve Fun, I. Actual Value 3,361,111.69 

Total Liabilities $53,794,506.16 

The Hibernia Savings and Loan Society. By JAMES R. KELLY, President. 
The Hibernia Savings and Loan Society. l>y I!. M. TOBIN, Secretary. 

State of California, City and County of San Francisco, as. 

JAMES R. KELLY and R. M. TOBIN, being each duly sworn, cad, for himself, says: That said JAMES R. KELLY is 
President, and that said R. M. Toi'.IX is Secretary, of THE HIBERNIA SAVINGS AND LOAN SOCIETY, the Corpora 
above mentioned, and that the foregoing statement is true. JAMES R. KELLY, President. R. M. TOBIN, Secretary. 

Subscribed and Bworn to bi fore me this Ith day of January, 1909. CHARLES T. STANLEY. 

.Notary Public m and for the City and County of San Francisco, State of California. 

Devoted to the Leading Interests of California and the Pacific Coast. 


San Francisco, Cal., Saturday, January 9, 1909 

No. 2 

race track people are up in Sacramento counting 
Suffragette is quiescent* What is il? The lull is 
riencls of the track who own lobbies, and then 

TISER is printed and published every Saturday by the Proprietor. Fred- 
erick Marriott. 773 Market St.. San Francisco. Cal. Tel. Temporary 35H4. 
Entered at San Francisco, Cal.. Post-office as second class mail matter. 

New York Office — (where information may be obtained regarding sub- 
scriptions and advertising) — 206 Broadway, C. C. Murphy, representative. 
London Office — 30 Cornhill, E. C England. George Street & Co. 

All social items, announcements, mining, commercial and financial 
news notes, advertisements or other matter intended for publication in 
the current number of the NEWS LETTER AND CALIFORNIA ADVER- 
TISER, should be sent .to the office not later than Thursday morning. 

She starts well ! % 

Let us have the original Australian ballot. 

Austria stands contemplatively sucking its burned fingers 

1909. Have you made any mistakes, as yet, and writtei 

il "OS? 




suspicious ! 

Wateh lli 

remember them. t 

The Valley of the Nile wants representative Government. 

W'hal are we coming to? 

The English are agitating, via mass meetings, for cheaper 

cable rates. That is not a bad idea ! 

The Venezuelan affair is still to be considered an opera 

bouffe, with the alleged villain in Germany. 

The original Australian ballot would I" 1 e good thing. 

li would obliterate all party lines and give us something like the 
expressed will of the people. 

II is better to give than to keep. Let the Italian earth- 
quake Bufferers have the surplus thai is, or should be, in the 
treasury of the Red Cross Funds Corporation! 

There are a lew votes lacking in Sacrtfmento to give the 

people belonging to the track any warrant for braggadocio [I 
looks as if the track were going to be beaten to a pulp. 

The Senators are the only one- who an the fene in 

the race-track matters, and yet, if they remember theii 

the Crime Factorj at Emeryville is a dead one from now on, 

The \ew Year should begin with the idea ol 

country the best mails possible, and the Legislature 

this road .mi' Hon I'n 1 1 and serious Let thi - 

build all the inter-count] roads. 

The British have decreed that the Indian ma} e 

Hie Indian national anthem, li Bande Mataram," and 

is a moat Innocuous piece of "gentle shepherd" i 
should be encouraged nol liscouraged. 

Look ai the people J sponsors for the track! Sac- 
ramento u"« sports the most beautiful assortment of plug-uglies 
that ever disgraei ty by their presence, and they are all 
noble animal, the horse, of course ! 

San Francisco begins the new year with an exhibition of 

ind confidence Ln human nature that is quite 
charming. San Frani ill the surplus | 

Red Cross Funds Corporation to the Italian sufferers. 

The Turkish Parliament has met. It has transacted its 

ss and adjourned without one wraihy word and without 
any mi nm the Sultan calling the members to member- 

ship in the An mi i- Issociatinn, Unlimited. It ; s strait^ 
of W hornet ad ; 
• !' the Caucasian, and yet man. e 
lion, a considerable amount of their original vii 

There is every probability that San Mateo will lie the 

blessing that will deliver lis of the Coffroth prize-fight trust in- 
cubus. The story ol' bribery in that county is before the Grand 
Jury, and the fight promoter stands an elegant chance ol' being 

The original Australian ballot was first proposed in Cali- 

fprnia by the News Letter and adopted on that suggestion, and 
from here ii spread all over the United Slates. Before adoption 
here il was emasculated and changed, and made into a very poor 
caricature of its prototype, hut that is not our fault. 

San Francisco is sending about ten thousand dollars a 

day lo Italy, apart from the old lied Cross Funds Corporation 

surplus. It's a g 1 advertisement I'm- the greatest city in all 

the wide world. We can afford to add the lied Cross Funds lo 
the amount and never miss it. Besides, il would solve the vexed 
question of what to do with this money. 

The Indian Government, under the reform administra- 
tion of Lord Morlev. is about lo undertake the pacification of 
India. The first step is a big mistake in the shape of a coercion 

act. The world is loo old. the Indian loo civilized, for the 

methods that have failed in Ireland to he a success with young 
India. Better make another Ltuess and try again. 

Too much temperament is a had thing, as Judge W'illley 

has found out. For years past in Shanghai, W'illley has been 
engaged in a death struggle with men who have brought disre- 
pute on the American name in the Orient. Lack of judicial bal- 
ance is assigned ■<• the cause of his removal, hut every gambler 

and pimp in I tie Ps i is of I be Fai Ba isii I feels 

i personal satisfaction in the removal of Judge W'illley. 

The socialists do ;o farther than the I aited 

States Post-office Department to discover the practicability of 
their theories of Governmental managemen il industries. 

1 1 is officially reported thai the deficit of the department named 
for tin it was. in round numbers, $16,000,000. If the 

- and other quasi-publii under- 
takings « 'i ■ ' ' would 
have them, "the peopli would be in plain sight, if the 
experien Post-office department is any index. 

'I rl of emoks. i he race-track game, bas a lesser, 

although equalh rascally, relative in the dog contests, known as 

rig. These coursing events -link to Heaven, with their 

md crooked manipulation, lei alone their downright 

llhling. I 

seientious reporter at Union Park was threatened with serious 
bodily injurv for hai 

their true light. Lei horse racing and coo ..dished to- 


The race track uanv friends who would ! 


dicd-in-the-v ilican. 'I lany, amou 

I party men, « : and join issues with 

Decency and Democrai Ibe party lp the 

track indirectly or ovi . it mean the building up 

organization that would utterly rout, nol onl 
as and oil 

itical mac _ 

f.irnia had I .if. It w 

»n Bgjji and { 


;hcir help 

The Rati; Track. 

It is too late in the day to offer any 
argument with a view to convincing 
the legislator as to his duties in re| 
gard lo the Race Track. No honest man will, for a moment, ad- 
mit that the track is a benefit to the community. A few individr 
uals have made millions of dollars out of the tears and sobs of, 
women and the disgrace of manhood and womanhood. A Em 
private parties have benefited in the thousands by the track 
and its operation, a few corporations have been benefited by the 
embezzlers, the grand and petty larcenists, the gaspipe men, the 
peculators, the prostitutes and the gamblers and the convicts and 
others who have graduated from the track to the penitent ia ry. 
and it would be futile at this late hour to try to convince the 
legislative representatives, owned by these individuals and these 
corporations, that the track is a bad thing, a horrible thing, a 
menace to the civilization of the State, a canker-sore that is eat- 
ing out all of our moral fibre and making its insidious progress 
in the workshop, the home, the business house and the bank, all 
unhindered by the laws of the State. It is futile to tell the legis- 
lators, who arc owned by the race track people and their adher- 
ents, that the eyes of the State are focusscd on their acts, and 
that the people will demand an accounting of their doings at 
Sacramento, because these men are bound to do the bidding of 
these other men who own their political souls, their hides and 
their dirtv carcasses. 

Who owns these men? They are 
Who Owns These Men. owned body and soul and breeches 

by the men who paid their election 
expenses! They are owned by the men who give their cousins, 
their brothers, their aunts and their nephews jobs. There are 
many and devious ways of bribing a man. Luckily the leu Ma- 
ture is not all of the bribable calibre in its membership. It looks 
as though the track were going to go down to defeat immediately 
the measure of the Anti-Race-Track League is brought before 
the great legislative body. It will not do to be too sure of win- 
ning, and we should remember that the enemy is tricky and will 
die fighting, and die hard. 

The honesty of a State is in its 
The Cohntry Newspapek. farming community, and it is there 

that it will be found the defeat of 
the track is located. There are some 256 newspapers pledged to 
kill the track! From now on these newspapers should tell their 
clientage all of the acts indulged in at Sacramento by the Sena- 
torial and Assembly representatives. Their lives at the capitol 
should he held up as in a mirror by each and every journal 
pledged to the anti-race-track crusade! The man who will fight 
the track is an honest man ! The man who will fight for the track 
is a dishonest man. and he should be branded as such by tin- local 
newspapers! This is the only way to win this fight! Tin- legis- 
lator is either for or against honesty. There is no middle ground, 
and the News Letter calls on the country press to make it im- 
possible for the country representative to succumb to the sophis- 
tries and blandishments of the city's representatives and his 
cohorts of conspirators and courtesans. 

Lack of Gratitude. 

San Francisco is always eager to ac- 
cept anything in the way of a monu- 
ment or piece of sculpture from 
some loyal individual who wishes to do his part towards beauti- 
fying the park or the public streets, but. once the work of stone 
or bronze has passed into the city's hands, no further thought or 
attention is given to it. A very ponderous programme, includ- 
ing, of course, a few speeches about the "flag"' and "our esteemed 
fellow-citizen who, by his generosity, has shown himself a true 
lover of both the pee-pul and the beautiful," is given by way of 

dedication ami the incident closes. No further attention is given 
in the priceless gift by the authorities, and no protection is af- 
Eorded it against the workings of the hoodlum. The Phelan 
Fountain on Market street is an excellent instance in point. This 
altogether charming example of the sculptor's art has received 
no attention whatever from the municipality since it was put up. 
The earthquake worked some damage upon the granite work that 
has never been attended to; two of (be granite guard-posts 
around it have been crushed to the ground by vehicles, and the 
writings of small boys is permitted to be chalked brazenly upon 
the base of the monument. That such a condition should be al- 
lowed to exist is the worst kind of a shame. Mr. Phelan quite 
completed his share in the matter when he presented the monu- 
ment to the city, and the least we might do is to keep our gift in 
proper condition. We are not offering very much of an incentive 
to other moneyed men to give similar valuable gifts to the city, 
and we are 1ml advertising to the visitor our absolute lack of ar- 
tistic appreciation — let alone gratitude. 

Unfortunately for District Attorney 
Hebes? of Langdonism. Langdon, lie cannot shed himself of 

the responsibilities of his office with 
the same abandon with which he has cast its essential duties upon 
the shoulders of others. Mr. Langdon has weird notions of the 
functions of his office, and his pursuit of those ideas has been 
totally offensive to that strict and impartial justice which, in the 
name of the people, he is sworn to serve. The first and fatal 
error of the District Attorney was to surrender his public office 
to private control and dictation. This course was taken, not 
to cover the District Attorney's palpable inefficiency, which every 
one saw Mr. Langdon appears to recognize, but in order to fur- 
ther his ridiculous political ambition. He was coerced into ap- 
pointing Francis J. Heney by the threat of withdrawal of sup- 
port in his burlesque c paigrj Eor Governor. Thenceforth he 

practically turned over the public prosecution — as far as the 
graft cases were concerned — into the hands of Rudolph Sprock- 
ets, a private citizen, who. having personal feuds to wage and 
personal ambitions to gratify, contrived to contort the public 
cause to his private design. Mr. Spreckels established himself 
in the District Attorney's office by financing the prosecution, for, 
hai ing undertaken to provide the sinews of war, he was not the 
man to allow any one else to direct the campaign. Nor was 
nog millionaire dictator content with the ordinary, just 
and legal limitations of the District Attorney's office. Mr. 
Spreckels proceeded to invest himself with such extra legal au- 
thority as to assume the pardoning power of the State. Mr. 
Spreckels bartered with the captain of the pirate Board of Super- 
visors, guaranteeing him and his crew not only complete immu- 
nity, but retention of both their booty and their offices. All this 
is an oft-told tale, but its importance is magnified in any con- 
sideration of the remarkable record of the District Attorney's 
office lor which Mr. Langdon himself eventually must be held re- 
sponsible. It was from this first and fatal heresy of surrender- 
ing a public office to private control that all the miscarriages 
and violation of justice which have sullied the record of the 
District Attorney's office sprang. 

After his re-election in November. 
Tale Instead op Trial. 1907, against which the News Letter 

protested with ample reason and the 
strongest conviction, Mr. Langdon, instead of profiting by his 
previous experience, continued his fatuous course. Instead oi 
slaving at home and bringing to trial Patrick Calhoun, whose 

prompt trial and speedy conviction be had promised in unseeml 

and inflammatory speeches during lie- campaign, the District 
Attorney went for a jaunt in the F.ast. megaphoning b 
wherever an uninformed public could be impressed and when- 

Januam 9, L909. 

and California Advertiser 

11 i i reporters would interview him. II may lie re- 
called that during the municipal campaign in the fall ol 1907, 
both Mr. Langdon and Mr. Henej declared that even if the for- 
mer were nol re-elected districl attorney they would "have Cal- 
houn in the penitentiary before Christmas." This, however, was 
only one of similar idle and bombastic utterances comparable 
with Henry's vehement denial that Ruef had been promised im- 
munity. At a public meeting in New York, Districl Attorney 
Langdon denounced Calhoun in savage and wanton terms, al- 
though ai home he "as refusing him the trial to which every con- 
sideration of justice entitled him. Mr. CalhOun returned from 
New York to face the trial promised him in January, 1908, only 
to find that the District Attorney's office had arranged for Gal- 
lagher's disappearance, and had no intention of keeping the ap- 
pointment. That was a .year ago. Mr. Calhoun has again been 
summoned for trial. On this occasion, Mr. Langdon is here, and 
presumably the most important of the "good dogs'" is still in the 
kennel, hut at this writing the intrepid prosecutor, Francis J. 
Heney, who is to have "entire charge of the Calhoun trial," is 
absent in the East sunning himself, as did Mr. Langdon a year 
ago, in the adulation of "city clubs, civic leagues," etc., and effu- 
sively responding to the inquisitive reporters who find good 
"copy" in the personality and outpourings of San Francisco's 
•"martyr hero." fn his interviews, Mr. Heney is quoted as hav- 
ing contrived to give San Franaisco one more black eye by his 
deliberate misrepresentation of conditions here: "I am going 
back to Snish the Calhoun case even if they kill me." * * * "I 
have decided it would be better to spend a month in the East 
rather than be under the strain of continual danger from dyna- 
miters and assassins." Thus Mr. Heney sacrifices San Fran- 
cisco's good name in order to flatter his own inordinate vanity. 
The average Easterner who reads such effusions from the notor- 
iety-loving prosecutor naturally infers that San Francisco is a 
community in which barbarians and anarchists abound. This 
is the same sort of mis-representation, though less cunningly exe- 
cuted, as that which Mr. James D. Phelan had the effrontery to 
call "The Truth About the San Francisco Situation" in Collier's 
Weekly. Would it not have been more-seemly on Mr. Honey's 
part to explain to interviewers in the East that the attempt on 
his life had been made by a man whose life, family and business 
Mr. Heney bad blasted by unnecessarily and wantonly dragging 
to light a penitentiary record of twenty years ago? And would 
it not have been more becoming and fairer on the part of Mr. 
Heney and Mr. Langdon, instead of trying Patrick Calhoun so 
persistently and so maliciously in the newspaper and on the 
public platform, to have shown Bome promptness and readiness 
in keeping Hear appointments to bring him to trial? 

It is. however. almoE h able 

Justice Long Deferred, that the Districl Attorney's office, 

w nether repi esented 03 ita nt om- 

lielit, his substitute or anybody else, should gay longer shirk the 

issue on which the whole energies and am the private 

master of the prosecution, Mr. Rudolph Spreckels, havi 

set for Hie lasl two years. The trial .if Mr. Calhoun is now de- 
finitely scheduled to commence nexl Tuesday, and nothing — 
neither Mr. Langdon's impotence nor Air. ITeney's pie 
should interfere with die appointment. For twenty months, 
Mr, Calhoun has borne the stigma of indictment, has been under 
hea\ ; bonds, and sin, , S 1 aber, 1907, he hi 
sented himself as ready. Throughout all the vicissitudes and 

vagaries of the 'Ut its 

and conspiraeie mtraeta and 

issignations with judges, its inflammations of the mob, and 
pouringB," Patrick Calhoun has stood firm as a rock. 
■us of his innocence and confident of vindication. I 

to San Francisco's credit, hut to the lasting shame of 1: 
tricl Allen, . that for a year and a half Calhoun has 

been denied the opportunity of proving his ini tad ob- 

taining the vindication which he claims is his due. 

Didn't Know n 
Was Lot 

"Didn't know it was loaded!" II n 
many times have those words 
the - for the most terrible 

of Elver and 

the world we r 

i ] 
men, women and children have Keen injured an 

oree-than-f • Casualty upon 

casualty, the list is legion. Only lasl week in Santa Cruz a 
nineteen-year-old bo} was shol ami filled by his chum because 

the} alidn'l know the gun was I led." A human life wa ai 

rificed for the sake of a foolish. aningless prank. And while, 

in many eases. Hie individual with the death-dealing weapon : 
nol possessed of a great amount of intelligence, in this instance 
(he conditions were exactly reversed. The young man who was 
mortally wounded was a junior student in the Oakland High 
School, and his accidental slayer a freshman in the Agricultural 
College of the University of California. As seems to be ever the 
case in tragedies of this kind, the shooting came as the finale to 
a day of fun and frolic. Following a dinner given them by a 
friend, they indulged in mock melodramatic encounter for the 
amusement of their coterie of friends assembled in the parlor. 
The capping of the merriment was secured when the hvo friendly 
contestants resolved to fight a duel with revolvers. The young 
men ejected what they supposed were all of the cartridges in the 
firearms, hut. as so often has happened, one lone cartridge re- 
mained. Then, in spite of the protestations of the young ladies 
present, the mock duel went on, and the unfortunate victim fell 
lo the floor dead. 

Of course, the coroner's jury brought in a verdict exonerating 
Hie shooter, and there is no legal lainl of blame lo be placed al 
his door. There is nothing hut supreme grief lo follow in the 
wake of this awful tragedy. The murdered young man has been 
taken from his mother and sisters in ihe bright, glorious days of 
his youth, and his bosom chum, unwittingly a murderer, heart- 
broken and remorse-stricken, faces a life full of horrible and 

terror-distracting memories. A train of sorrow and remorse ami 
a human life snuffed oni in its prime because they "Vlidn'l know 
Ihe gun was loaded." It is an awful thing to contemplate. And 
yet the records of the country show that accidental catastrophes 
id' (Ins nature have occurred tinn time again, and unquestion- 
ably will come lo pass again. There is no way lo stop these 
affairs, for il all lies with the parties concerned, and so few ap- 
pear lo profit by example. If any one who reads this little article 
is inclined to toy with firearms for ihe fun there is in it, or if he 

Knows of addle-pated | pie that do. let him take warning by this 

terrible affair in tin Santa Cruz Mountains. It is all recounted 
here for Hie good it might do. and it contains a lesson that cannot 

possibly sink in too deep. 

Post Street to 
1 11 1 Pebht. 

There is no good reason why the 

Tost strci , mid not he run to 

the ferry. I lie some or- 

dinance passed thai will make this 
possible. It would be an immense convenience to the public. II 

would increa ome of our 1 notably 

the Saint Francis, t li. Stewart. care, and 

that have no dii< mieation with the ferrv depot. The 

traveling pal. he is put to much in '_ r ht on 

Ihe City Super- 
visors. Will some one take the matt id remedy a 

situation seemingly easy of solution? 

There are big changes impending. 

Bio IMPENDING CHANGES, locally. The Harriman interests 

are gains to put in a subway with 

to landing the : ntral union depot 

on Van Ness and Market The tunnel wi 

Lombard street or farther west and north, at the Fort Mason 

location, and will pierce the hill and then proceed along Van 

38. The 

whole complexion of the trade ill change as a result. 
The Van \ threatened with anni- 
hilation h\ - Market 
main a bif en Market 
and the Fori Mason 1 he packed in the whob - 
of the city toward the waterfront. The country in 
t'ountv will H rriman improvements. 
and the del' much of the traffic via Sausalito, will mean 
a relieving of 1' >n at Oakland, and will fore-, 
move the contention as to the waterfront ownership. The city 

the Wei 

: s i n Marin 

■ked for many years. Sausali i 

San Francisco News Letter 

.Iaxitaky 9, L909. 

grow into a much larger city than was over anticipated by its 
onion-headed, addle-pated, race-track-loving citizenship, li lie- 
hooves Sausalito to remove the blol from its fair name before it 
is too late, and the railroad elects some other spot to come in 
on the Marin shore. Indeed, tin re are other places quite as 
available on the bay in thai section. Sausalito is well situated, 
beautiful scenically, but its shore line is very small, and it might 
be advantageous to dredge out a harbor a little farther south and 
east. The Harriman project is a big one, and it should have the 
earnest support of every citizen. lis magnitude is in keeping 
with the ideas of this big Napoleon of Railroading, and it means 
so much to San Francisco that all its citizens should give it a 

I st. This is iin place or ii For divided counsels. HarrimaD 

should l>e given his chance to make this a great metropolis, when 
lie asks for it. 

Vast improvements, including the 

Ii.wLROAii Improvements, placing of all wires underground, in 

anticipation of the popular wish, is 

the idea of the United Railways. With the purchase of the 
Stanislaus water power there is no limit to the possibilities in the 
line of extensions by the .Market street system. The company, 
by this purchase, is given an enviable position. It is new abso- 
lutely independent, in 'every respect, ami it will now give a ser- 
vice in San Francisco that ma) nut lie duplicated here or abroad. 
With unlimited power at its disposition, it is placed, tor the first 

ti in a position where the demand for the extension of its 

system may he complied with, without crippling existing lines. 

In the country surrounding San Francisco it is the intention 
of the various railroads already operating to so increase their 
lines, in the coming year, that there will be double tin' mileage 
in operation at the end of 1909 that i^ now operated. The "Key 
Route System" and the local electric-gasoline system of "the 
Southern Pacific Company are to lie so enlarged as to cover miles 
upon miles of territory, in Alameda County and on the Penin- 
sula, that is now outside (lie reach of the public. In Marin 
County there is a project mi foot to bring the Hotaling line down 
to a terminus at Sausalito. There is another project lot a rail- 
road from Sausalito, following the ridge, or Old Government 
road hack of Mill Valley, te Bollnas Bay. There is talk of ex- 
tending a side line, a scenic railroad, to lake in all of the subur- 
ban stations on the Northwestern Railroad. Rumor has it that 
ilr. Hill is turning his attention in this direction, ton. and that 
in another year there will he a railroad, down through Marin 
from the Tornales Bay country In Sausalito. That this mail 
i- surveyed through Mendocino to Tomales at tin 1 present lime is 
known, and that it follows the old CrugeT survey made by forces 
under the pay of Hill, 'way hack ill 1889, IS also known. There 
is'no doubt that time and the necessities of the day will compel 
the Northwestern Railway to build to Eureka in the early 
months of spring, and that this unrivaled territory, once opened, 
the entire length /if the road will see a boom. 

ITie Hill Roads. 

The war among the railroad giants 
has made .lames .1. Hill and his ad- 
\ isers take slops that they never 
contemplated taking years ago. It is a case of dog eating dog, 
and the larger dog has the greatest power of mastication. In the 
last week or two. Hill, through the Burlirlgton, one railroad 
bought in Colorado ami Kansas, ami one bought in Texas, has 
an unobstructed north ami south outlet to tin 1 Gulf of Mexico. 
Mr. Hill is not in the conspiracy thai i- fighting the building 

of the Panama canal, and his main idea has been to place I - 

self in a position where, the canal once completed, he will he in 
a position to receive the utmost advantages from this completion 
of the Government's big task. The grain of the entire Missis- 
sippi and Missouri countries will he transported to the - h- 

wanl ami shipped from the Gulf, east or west. He will pick up 

the g I- from the Middle West, and will ship to China ami the 

Orient at some port on the Gulf. He will most probably break 
into thi' San Francisco trade by a steamship line from the Gulf, 
through the Canal, to the Pacific coast north and south. Hunt- 
ington once said thai New Orleans was destined to becomi ■ of 

the greatest of the cities of the world. The canal, it would 
seem, will bear out the Huntington prediction. It is announced 
th, it the canal will be completed (he first day of 1915. In the 
meanwhile, all kinds of objections are to he made as to Hie work 
that is now going on. under Government supervision, in Panama. 
By the time this edition of the News Letter reaches the public 

il is more than probable thai Mr. Taft will, unless his plans are 
hanged, have started an investigation of the conditions existing 
in Panama. Enough is known, however, to make ii more than 
a suspicion that a big publicity bureau ami lobby is quite busy 
attempting to throw discredit on the Government engineer's 
work on the canal. This is in line with the recent attack on 
Roosevelt, anent the bonds anil the payment to France, ami i> 
part ami parcel of the old fighl to make the canal impossible of 
building by removal of the civil engineers, who had been given 
the in. liter in charge. Mr. Roosevelt blocked the game by giving 

the work over hi the army. The canal will he built, however, and 

the individuals, who have Formed the conspiracy i" prevent its 
completion by bringing up all sorts of questions, including 
i he threadbare ami time-worn on" of "locks vs. sea level," will 
find themselves powerless againsl a united public opinion. 

A Ship Subsidy. 

More than ever, then, does it he- 
hoove Congress in provide a ship's 
subsidy. A- we lane outlined be- 
fore, there should he a subsidy granted to the builders of -hips 
for each ship constructed in an American yard, steam or sail. An 

additional subsidy should he granted the owner. In make up the 

differences in the eosl of labor employed in the miilding of a 
• hip, domestic ami Foreign. A cargo subsidy should he granted 
owner or charterer, once the ship is afloat and under the Ameri- 
can Bag. There should be a uniform single harbor charge in 
run harbor of the United States, and this should he made as 
-mail a- il is possible In make it. Thr News Letter thus not be- 
lieve : ii subsidies "/ all, hut it is manifestly impossible to com- 
pete with the subsidized French sails ami the heavily subsidized 
German steam vessels, the cheaply manned English vessels, un- 
less a subsidy lie given that will, in every instance, equalize con- 

The United Slates should lie mistress of the sea-, ami we are 

wealthy enough in buy if away from our c petitors, ami. once 

we have developed ii i<> its fullest extent, we are competi in 
enough ami strong enough to keep it against all odds. We could 
ruin German sea trade In no time with a big subsidy. England 

would have to haul down her colors. I im rlc. Holland, Bel- 
gium, France ami the rest t>( them would he quickly distanced. 

Let's buy it. It is entirely too -i"W a prnees- to expect this busi- 
ness tO en] lie |n you si,n|i|\ ;|s ;' n ,. , r -s , , [ lime's attrition. Lot's 

buy it. Let us knock out. all of our competitors with a big 
stick, studded with dollars! We have the money in .In it with. 
It would he profitable. Let's do ii ! We must command the 

canal anil the canal's commerce. 

Ladies, when you're shopping and grow hungry, don't you know, 

Swain's Is quite convenient, and 'tis there you ought to go; 
The pastry is delicious, and the meats and wines are fine — 
Swain's for hungry people is the place where they should dine! 
Swain's Restaurant, Van Ness avenue, near Sutter. 






No Branch Stores. No Agents. 

:-.,!, (Ebas^eilus S> Co. 
j§Fan Jpranciscri. 


We caler only to dressers of class who appreciate clothes that are correct. We 
search every market of the world to procure patterns that are exclusive. This being 
an exclusive men's clothes shop, it behooves us to be carefully exclusive, not in price, 
hill in fabrics and shapes. There are no belter clothes to be had than those you find 
in this new and modern shop. If more men knew this, we'd be awfully busy. 

Jewelers Building, Poft Street, near Kearny, San Francisco 

.1 wi-mjy 9, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

That the fool Killer is stilkabroad in this fair land of 

ours, and thai he still finds ample to occupy his attention, is made 
evident prett) constantly these days. Only a Few days since, a 
pedestrian arrived in Berkeley who had been engaged in the en- 
nobling task of trundling a wheel-barrow full of picture postal- 
cards across the continent as the result of a bel he had made with 
some other feeble-minded individual. This idiotic stunt used to 
Ih' quite the proper caper a tew years ago, ami 1 suppose this 
latest victim of wheelbarrowitis felt that the charming sport 
needed a fresh impetus. Hut this competitor of the railroads was 
not in it for the fraction of an instant with a choice representa- 
tive of the \. Mutt tribe who resides amid the elassie environs 
of Melrose across the bay. The other day a "friend" dared him 
in pin a billiard hall in his mouth. Being an expert billiardist, 
ami having a great reputation for wondrous doings with the cue 
on tin' emerald-green cloth, he evidently considered that his 
prized reputation was at slake, and took th" dare. 11 turned out 
an easy enough sort of a proposition to introduce the ivory 
sphere into his month, and so. with great gusto, he prepared to 
cash I he bet, which consisted id' sundry lihafions at the mahogany 
counter with the hrass trimmings. Hut when the star billiardist 
attempted to remove the ball in order to corral the wager, he 
found himself in something of a quandary. The hall refused in 
he ejected ami clung affectionately to the root of his mouth. 
Sweet words of cajolement and machine oil were used repeatedly, 
without any appreciable effect. Even the town constable, who is 
husky of frame and muscle, was unable lo do anything towards 
its removal with the kindly assistance id' his trusty biceps. So, 
eventually. Dr. ('alien was called in, and, after working with his 
patient for a period of three hours, succeeded in abstracting the 
cause of the trouhh — in addition to three front teeth. And all 
the while the man with the billiard hall in his mouth, though 
perhaps gloriously happy in the knowledge that he had wen the 
bet, was suffering intense agony. Verily, as I remarked before, 
the Fool Killer finds plenty to do even in these days of supposed 
enlightenmenl . 

Our poetic chief magistrate is inordinately fond of his 

cognomen, and insists upoil its being handled properly and in 
full. Court Clerk Stevens had a correct understanding of the 
Mayor's name as regards length, hut. up to a couple of days ago, 
he was a little oil' in his proper grasp of the middle portion of the 
name of the man of sonnets and the city's chid' official. It wa- 
in the trial of Carl liitler for alleged briberj thai the Mayoi 
,allcd as a witness, and clerk Stevens in stentorian tones de- 
clamed, "Edward Robinson Taylor." "Gracious!" cried the 
Mayor, with a vasi look of perturbation on his generally unruffled 
countenance. "My name is not Robinson, sir! Ii is Robeson, 
sir. Robeson! R-O-B-E-S-O-N !" "Oh," was all the nettled and 
intensely humiliated Stevens could ejaculate. "Oh!" And he 
forthwith so entered ii upon tin- records. Evidently ! 
official of the clarion \<>icc is nol ad- 

mirer of the workings of the muse would make a mistake like 
that. Only a politician could he so undiplomatic. 

Trouble, trouble, and more trouhh - 

matter of i oursi m thi - i irk." the 

muchly-advertised craft in which Jack London is making his 
cruise of the globe. In the Superior Courl of Sonoma County 
a suit for divorce was commenced 'a>i Thursday by Mrs. Minetta 
Kanies. the aunt of the author of the "Call of the Wild" and hus- 
band ol Roscoe Kanies. master mariner and designer of the 
in which the I/ondons are trusting themselves upon the rolling 
deep bine sea. Captain Eames accompanied the nove - 

Honolulu, and return* »ne of the traditional "scraps" 

ioard the "Snai ;." Ai 
line at (Men Elli 
in the divorce proceedings on the ehargi 
animate h id,, ru .< in tl 

■ iredlv much to answer for 111 • 

({iris, when Imh'o makes slighting remarks about the use 

of powder and rouge and cosmetics and the other thine- ili ;l | y 0U 

or, rather, some of you — use in the secrecy of your boudoir, in 
order to make up for the charms that an unkindly fate has 
chosen not in give you. just quote tic Reverend Philip Cone 
Fletcher. The pulpit is hack of you, the strong arm of the min- 
istry in the person at least of Reverend Fletcher, is your up- 
holder. No longer need you have any compunctions about se- 
curing the proper intensity of hips or the desired angel ica-loiicd 
coiffure." Fletcher, D. D., has said it is all right, all right, and 
what better champion do you want? For. said the Reverend 
Fletcher to the young ladies of the First M. E. Church, of St. 
Louis, recently: "If I were a young woman, [ would 'try to be 
winsome. Beauty is a duty. If by the use of the powder puff, the 
paint brush and the brow pencil, you can make yourself more 
alluring, you have my consent to use them freely. It is all right 
to supplement the works of God. To he ugly in an age like this 
is but little short of a sin against God and sell. It is an error 
lo say that "True love can never die.' Line will assuredly die 
if it is not fed." So there you are, Agnes. If you have not 
the sinuousness and grace and seductive charm of a Nell Brink- 
ley girl, and you waul to lam! Augustus, make yourself like unto 
her. Study the art of make-up. 'the reverend gentleman of 
St. Louis avers that it is your duty, and having his spiritual sane- 
lion, you may rest easy, those of you dial have avoided pads and 
the rabbit's foot, that it is the correct thing. Study art and art- 
fulness, and you won't have to depend ii| Leap Year. And. 

girls. I think a vote of thanks is due the Reverend Fletcher from 
you. He ought to gel the same, as well as a monetary commis- 
sion from the manufacturers of boxed beauty, for I'll wager thai 
in St. Louis, at any rate, their sales will BOar sky-high. 

Well, well! The latest caper in fashionable indisposition 

is "airsickness." A press despatch from gay 1'arce avers thai 
cue M. Vi\ ianni. an aristocratic aeronaut, suffered all the sen- 
sations of seasickness, with some unique addition-, while descend- 
ing in his balloon recently. The balloon pitched and rolled, and 
the explorer of the atmosphere became dizzy ami dopey and de- 
lirious along lines hitherto never experienced. Medical science. 

which has noi as yel found a complete remedj Eor seasickness will 
now have i" gel busj in order to conquer this new-fangled ail- 
ment, for, within a short time, airsickness will be quite as fash- 
ionable and prevalent as append! il is, 

Always in advance of the publii demand, ahead of the 

actual growth by several years, the city of Oakland has been dis- 
tinctly benefited by the Realty Syndicate. Th anagemenl 

of this great corporation works in the most effective manner to 

the upbuilding akland and Alameda County. Ii is b 

force making always for permi nq and growth. 

Announce that they 
are now holding 1 their 
Annual Clearance 
Sale of Ladies' Muslin 

Van Ness Ave. at Bush Street 

San Francisco News Letter 

January 9, 1909. 


There is woe in the fruit centers of the State. There i- sorrow 
in the heart of the fruit-grower. Ami the reasoD for this con- 
Jition of depression js to be found in (he rumors thai have I" in 
forwarded on good authority from the Great White Way to the 
effect that the booze-clerks of Little old New York town intend 
leaving out the fruit that is now casually dropped into the cock- 
tails that they mix. No longer will the festive Martini be 
topped otf with the historical olive as of yore; no longer will the 
seductive Manhattan be re-in forced by the ripe red cherry that 
tradition has demanded all these years. Thai is what is making 
all the trouble and working lines of worry and care in the brows 
of Hie gentlemen of the citrus regions whose business ii is to raise 
rhiTries and olives for the cocktail trade. Down in the San Jose 
Valley they have been having sore troubles on account of the 
raise in freight rates, and now this fresh sorrow makes them 
feel that an unkind fate is piling if on thick. And the fear of 
ilir growers is iliat I he New fork custom may wander westward; 
much as other New York customs in the past have. In addition 
to the men whose incomes are bit by the new notion, there is con- 
sternation as well in the ranks of the womenfolk. Where, oh, 
where is the old-time excuse for a maidenly sipping of a cocktail 
just for the sake of eating the cherry going to come in? Main's 
the staid young debutante and giddy old dowager who has kindly 
consented to join her gentleman friend in the before-dinner Mic- 
tion because of the presence of the little carmine sphere in the 
glass. She simply detested the awful drink itself, you know. 
Ugh ! And now that that excuse is gone, perhaps the growers of 
the San Jose S alley will find some strong allies among the ladies 
of sassiety. At any rate, the doom of the olive and the cherry 

has not been pronounced here in the woolly West. 

* * * 

The Tivoli is going to come to life again. The good old Tivoli 
where we used to smoke and drink in our beer and the melodies 
of "The Bohemian Girl" and "Erminie" was wiped away, as 
were others of our prized landmarks in the fire, And now there 
will be mam a feeling of joy engendered in those loyal San 
Franciscans whose sole theatrical diversion was found in the old- 
Eashioned little opera house where they dispensed grand and 
comic -'pern- in weel runs. It was not a particularly eleganl es- 
tablishment, and Its mural decorations could hardly appeal to 
even those whose artistic discernment was but sparsely developed, 
but the musii if the city loved the old place just the same. 

It was barren of formality, and the audiences ever regarded the 
3ingerS as friends. II was a place thai one could drop into at any 
nine on any evening for the length of a cigar smoke to hear the 
old melodies of the old operas. It was a pleasant oasis that held 
i '.cor to the last. And the weathered roof rafters were like 
unto the sounding board of a violin. It was a great place. And 
now "Doe" Leahy, agent of the Kreling estate, announces that 

the Tivoli will be built again a- - i as the ramshackle Hall of 

Justice that now occupies the site is removed by the city. J 
news this. 

* * * 

The child recently born with teeth is not the first. Richard 
111, according to Shakespeare, appeared with a full set: "The 
widwife wondered and Lhi which cried: 'Oh, Jesus bless us! 
He is born with teeth!'" A friend of mine became the father 
of a toothed baby some time ago. Since the negro, by the way, 
has been freed in the South his teeth have deteriorated. As a 
slave, he was fed largely on corn bread, which is rich in phos- 
phates. 1 have been much among savage people, and have been 
struck with their beautiful teeth. Hut African negroes excel. 
perhaps, because they are nearer to tbx brute. With the majority 
of us, the teeth are fast becoming aborted. They haven'l enough 
to do. Nature, makes every organ pay for its keep. Thus it is 
the hat has taken the place of the hair, which has no function 
but of ornament. 

The writer well remembers how, in his childhood days, he was 
informed by the autocrat of the school-room that never before 
in the world's history was the struggle for existence, or the race 
for money, as keen as then. He listened with awe to the tales of 
the merchant princes and railroad kings of that era, and wondered 
what would happen to the world when they obeyed the inevitable 
call of nature. 

That was fortj :,,\y~ ago, and a race- of commercial and finan- 
cial monarchs has sprung up. beside whom those of the sixties 
are mere pygmies. -Men are asking themselves to-day the same 
questions anent the end to which we are tending as they did (ben. 
The same direful predictions of revolution and anarchy, of the 
Unrest bf the Working classes and the extravagances of the fool 

rich were freelj made, and yet we are still intact. 

Changes will occur. What direction those changes will take 
can only be surmised. It is safe to say, however, that the social- 
ists, anarchists, demagogues and others, who fallen off the credul- 
ity of the workingmen, will find, as the years roll on, and the 
workingman becomes wiser, that their occupation is a thing of 

the past. 

* * * 

Reverend Dr. Lyman Abbott Has seen a dead woman b rough I 
to life. But he leaves out the dale and name. lie gives this as 
evidence of immortality. Talmage said a man in Illinois was 
struck dead, and when cornered, forgot the gentleman's name. 
An investigation sei afool proved the whole thing an infamous 

lie. Talmage was om rioted of lying by the Presbyterian 

Synod. If Dr. Abbott .-aw this woman broughl to life, why does 

he not afford some data!' Why should a clergyman have the 
exclusive righl to favor u = with these outrageous reminiscences 

without evidence. He sayB the resuscitation happened some 
years ago. and the woman, since died. Anybody can tell of wit- 
nessing a miracle if he is too sacred to be called upon for proof. 
Apropos of this, somi children were praying on a bishop's grave 
in Baltimore for some birds to conn- to them, and the birds, 

though wild, alighted on their - : Iders. Cardinal Gibbons 

— 1 understand — will "investigate." Hasn'l Cardinal Gibbons 
some use! hi employment ? 

* * * 

A small sch. inner, the Hiram Bingham, left Honolulu last 
bound for the Gilbert Islands. Her cargo consisted of 

Bibles and hymn-books. Three missionaries, including one young 
woman, took passage on the little boat, and alter religious ser- 
vices had b ■en held at the wharf by a body of intensely earnest 
men ami women, the voyage was commenced. 

The writer watched the little craft as it melted into a speck 
on the greal Pacific and finally disappeared on the horizon with 
mixed feelings. One can but admire the heroism of the young 
woman lea\ ing behind all the com forts and conveniences of civili- 
zation to minister to the spiritual need- of a race of savages, 
however much he may question the advisability of it. At the 
present time, so -n ,1" traders who frequent the islands, the 
ants, who are strangers to the civilization and creed of 
the Caucasian, are far happier than those who have long been 
under these influences. The religions of these peoples is fully 

up to their requirements in that line, and furthermore there 
arc, living under the very uoses of these enthusiasts in their 
own homes, numbers of their countrymen who are far more de- 
I and sunk iii the Slough of Despond than the most naked 
and unlettered savage a bo lives the easj Life of I be tropics. 

* * * 

The other night, Sedley Brown, the Valencia Theatre's stage 
director, end red Robert Leonard's dressing room to discover the 
cause of the delay in his appearance. Leonard, who plays "Silenl 

New York 



Parisian Neck Scarf in Mink. 
Pony, Sable Squirrel; values 
$9.75. Special for the Holiday 
Season $5.95. 

1333 Van Ness Avenue 

January 9, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

Murphy," the husky, gawky center-ruah in George'a "The 
\\ idow/' wa.s discovered in throes of agonj in as attempt- 
in get into his shoos. "Ding Mug-it," ejaculated he to Brown, 
"these things I wear in the first act are so dang-janged tight that 
I can BCarcely walk. I wish 1 could use those patent leathers I 
wear in the second act. They're line and dandy." Which re- 
marks so hit the irrepressible Sedley's funny-bone that he lost 
his managerial equilibrium tor seven and a halt minutes by the 
clock, and gave way to the most uncanny paroxysms of unre- 
strained glee. And the wherefore for all his joy, Mirabel, was 
this. As it appears from' the audience side of the footlights, 
'"Silent" Murphy is supposed to be as comfy as you please in his 
brogans of the first act, and he is supposed to be undergoing the 
most terrific tortures in his dress pumps at the function that 
lakes place in the second act. Such, my child, is stage realism. 

According to the telegraphic despatches from Rome, San Fran- 
cisco's response to the cry for aid has made a deep impression. 
New York and Chicago only, at the time of writing, have sub- 
scribed a larger sum. 

There is not an equal population in any other part of the globe 
more liberal, more tender-hearted or more ready to assist 'the 
stricken than that of San Francisco. When the much greater 
centers of population in the East are taken into consideration, 
when H is remembered that this i^ly is just recovering from a 
blow that would have ruined a less determined community, San 
Francisco's response appears truly phenomenal. 

:fc * * 

A recent traveler from the United States of Colombia states 
in the New York Sun that the Government welcomes counterfeit 
paper currency, as it is better engraved than the original, and 
adds to the supply. The same authority adds that the price of a 
glass of beer is $5 "papcl moneda," or S cents metal currency, 
and that a draft on England or the United States is the only 
paper money, circulating as gold. Such a draft passes from one 
merchant to another until it becomes necessary to add a slip of 
paper on which to place the endorsements. Such a country ought 
to aslc Bryan to fill its Presidential chair. 

* * * 

In these days of wireless telegraphy, aeroplanes and other 
marvels of mechanism. i|, is idle to dismiss as impracticable any 
scheme nol easily proven at variance with fundamental laws. It 
is therefore to be hoped that success will meet the plan of a 
British scientist to dissipate fog by means of electricity. If SO, 
Ibis inventor will deserve the thanks of mankind, for, of all the 
terrors of the sea. Eog is the srorst, lis dangers may be Lessened, 
Iml never eliminated. No human skill, care or foresight can 
guarantee a ship's sal'oU m fog. Banish it. and navigation "ill 
be immeasurabrj safer. 

* * * 

Bereft of one of ils most valued, experienced officers i>v the 
death of Augustus V. Rodgers, the U. 8. ('nasi and Geodetic 
Survey is in he congratulated upon having placed J. J. G 
as his successor in charge of the Pacific Coast branch office in 
Ibis city. Mr. Gilbert, who is a brother of U. S. Circuit Judge 
W. I'.. Gilbert, is not only an admirable surveyor, hut a courtly 
gentleman of the eld school. He has spent the greater part of 

his life-lime in surveys in the Pacific States and their 
as well as in Alaska and the Philippines. 

* * * 

President Roosevelt has made many wise recommends 

ainl some that are noi so wise, due of the latter is his recom- 
mendation that the form of Government of the Disti 
Columbia be hanged from its present three-man commission to 
a single governorship. The commission system has stood the 
test oi Hum years, and no city in the union is a- well governed 
as the nation's capital. It has an efficient poli ire de- 

partment and public works bureau, and no graft. Why disturb 
this hi 

* * * 

If a few more judges had the courage, combined with knowl- 
of tin- law enjoyed by District Jndge Lintott, N 
X. J., there would be less labor union tyranny and intimidation. 
In awarding an industrious and capabli 

anion man. against a labor union which SOllghl to jirev. i 
from working, Judge Lintott clearly en 
I hat every man has a right to labor, free from tin 1 till 
its of uniol - and law-break. 


Pears' Soap fur- 
nishes all the skin 
needs, except water. 

Just how it 
cleanses, softens 
and freshens the 
delicate skin-fabric, 
takes longer to ex- 
pound than to expe- 
rience. Use a cake. 

Sold in every quarter of the globe. 


Annual Clearance Sale. 
Everything Reduced. 

Louis Gassner 

1524 Bush St 

Entrance also through Magnln's 

Dr. Byron W. Haines 

Permanently Located 

Suite 507 

323 Geary St. at Powell Opposite St. Francis 

Phone. Douglas 4300 



Alfred Bannister 

Public Expert ACCOUNTANT and AUDITOR. 1927 California Street. 
SAN FRANCISCO. Phone Kearny 2871. 


•omatdc a l.'em- 



San Francisco N'ews Letter 

Januaet 9, 1909. 

One would think the greal disaster 
Is W'ak [nevitable? which the God of Nature has caused 

to visit [taly with direful conse- 
quences to life and property should have the effect of turning Hie 

i- si of diplomacy from the theme of even a greater disaster 

through the curse of war to the inclines thai lead to peace. Bui 
nothing of the kind is observed anywhere in Europe. Very true, 

sympathy with the stricken [talian nation is offered fr ivei 

quarter of the globe, and substantial help is pouring in, bul p 'ssi- 
iiiisin dominates the courts al every capital, and the intrigues of 

diplomacy and the work of greater preparedness for war gi 

The Balkan crisis is more threatening to the world's peace than 
ever, and every day passes without accomplishing something thai 
makes diplomatic adjustment of the problem possible is a day 
nearer to Bound of artillery. B_\ the middle of March, the cli- 
mate and weather conditions in the Balkan territory will have 
■ : in the spring season quite enough to make the initial 
movement of troops comfortable in the open. Within the qi 
two months, therefore, the multiplicity of factors constituting 
the complex situation will have to be adjusted upon the basis of 

.! r plete yielding of Austria and the abandonmenl of her 

scheme to absorb Servia and cut through Turkey in Europi 
the Bay of Salonika, or enforce her righl to secure the territory 
desired by force of arms. How Austria could recede from the 
position she has taken without admitting national weakness, as 

well as admitting that her destiny is not in wise hands, do - 

aow appear. However, Germany is growing less enthus 
and it' the people of thai empire continue to raise objections td 
their country pulling chestnuts out of Austria's fire for lustria'a 
sole good, as thej have been doing the last fortnight, Francis 
.Joseph would be obliged to give n|> his Balkan and Salonika 
schemes. Germany, then, could make for peace by declining to 
back Austria, lmt when H comes to doing that, she would have to 

consider her pledged word to es] se Austria's schemes and join 

armies with the Anstrians. In other words, could Germany leave 
Austria in the lurch without earning the contempt of everj 

i. n mi the world, the more bo because Austria would never 

have though! of invading the Balkans or seizing Bosnia and Her- 
zegovina as a prelude do the greater scheme had she not before- 
hand had Hie sanction and promise of substantial assistani • from 
Germany in the evenl of war. 

Nevertheless, war maj l" 1 averted by the now uncertainty <d' 
what Russia will do in the premises. Until a week ago, Russia 
was supposed to : "- and was counted upon as being in full accord 
with England, France and Italv in their compact to defend the 
Balkans against Austrian invasion, and especially and spei 

- an Austrian right-of-way through European Turkey to 
Salonika. But recently the Czar has been acting in a suspicious 

ml it would lir mi sui-|uis.' if his armies were f id mi the 

side of the Austria-German combine. This uncertainty a- to 

Russia i- complicating the situation and making war all the 

more inevitable. There are several reasons why Russia would 

Hill.' ii\ becoming an ally of tin- Austria-German;; corns 

bine. First and foremost, should the Austrian combine s 1. 

Russia would have frei access through the Dardanelles for her 
Black Sim squadron, which would be of immense value in war as 

- in peace. Her two armj corps now in Caucasia would be 

available to make i [uesl of Persia, which State is fully ripe 

lor invasion, and wheD once added to Russian territory the pos- 
sessions ol thi Czar would border on British India — a position 
in thai the world Russia has been scheming to securi 

for more than a century, [n fart, just before the Russo-Japan- 
ese war, Russia laid perfected plans to invade India via Thibet, 

and Genera] Kuropatkin laid I n selected to lead the Czar's 

armies. It was this thai hastily Benl Colonel Younghusband 
with a column of British troops to Thibet The possession of 
Persia and freedom of the Dardanelles would ajnply repay Rus- 
sia Eor helping Vustria and Germany in subjugating the Balkans 
ami in i _ i tgh to Salonika. On the other hand, by such a 
combine Russia would eu1 herself off from her only -mure- of 
money supplies and national credit — Paris and London — and 

without such centers her credit and her commerce would dwindle 
into nothing. Thus Russia stands between temptation to acquire 
large territorial acreas m joining with Austria, if thai side 
should be the victor, and national poverty and bankruptcy should 
Austria be defeated. Bul in any event, it should be remembered 
thai with whichever side Russia may decide to join, she could 
ill. if not more, than 300,000 troops with her. Her re- 
maining military strength would he ample Tor the subjugation ol' 
Persia and such other emergency situations as might require re- 

Events the last lew days in the Turkish Parliament fully jus- 
tifies the News Letter's opinion thai Turkey wants war. The 

Salonika scheme ol' Austria, it successfully prosecuted, would 
eventually result in destroying the empire and giving the western 
hall' ol' die European division to Austria and Germany, to- 
gether with all the Balkan States, including Montenegro. It is 
noi so much, then, the safety of the Balkans that is hack of the 
opposition of England, France and lialv to Austria's programme 
as the extension ol' that empire southward and westward to the 
Mediterranean, and to the easl hanks of the Adriatic ami tin' 
foni in Beas. Not in modern times have such territorial stakes 
been played for. and no two nation- are as much in need of terri- 
torial expansion and sea frontage as Austria ami Germany, nor 
was there ever a time when -ml; territorial expansion as con- 
templated by Austria ami i iermany would he as hurtful to Greal 
Britain, Frame ami Italv. From ever) view point, therefore, 
war in Hie early spring is inevitable unless Austria abandons 
her Balkan scheme. 

Broiser Jeffries has I i offered fifty thousand dollar- In 

advi e, it he will mil agree to step into the prize ring with an 

Ethiopian gorilla named Johnson. Bruiser Burns has just re- 
1 twenty-five thousand dollars lor permitting Johnson to 
pound him to a jelly. The black man is supreme and ackuowl- 
edged champion in the game ol' tic modern brute ami plug-ugly. 
\- a consequence, the citizen of African descent is acquiring a 

lauteur. Every Pullman darkey, every sable 1 tblack, 

e\ i \ colored barber, in lam every -mi of Ham wl linisters In 

our e fori, feel- ihal hi- race at last is Coming into its own. 

Promptness is a characteristic of the Spaulding CaTpei 

in Company. Thoroughness is another, and the housewife 

who entrusts her rugs or carpets to this firm is a walking adver- 

ii of ii- efficiency. Ever) quality thai goes to ensure an 

ever-increasing patronage is the practice of this reliable house. 

'I hi' address i- 925 ( lolden < late ai cnue. 

The Citizens' Alliance. 920 Merchants' Exchange, calls 

the attention of the public to their Free Labor Bureaus, located 
ai \o. 10 City Hall avenue, San Francisco, and Mo. 80-1 Broad- 
way. iklantl. All classes of male help furnished absolutely free. 
Subscription to the Citizens' Magazine, $1 per year. Orders 

'I he high ari Japanese exhibit in the Marsh's new Japan- 
ese room- al Hotel Fairmont, is well worth a visit. 


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Shoe-Shuffling, in All the Varieties, is the Orpheivm's Offering. 

If you are a "Merrv Widow" disciple, or if your taste runs 
profusely to admiration of the nimble great toe and the elo- 
quent lower limb, you will find the Orpheum bill to your taste. 
But, if you are a believer in the doctrine that enough is too much, 
why, you won't. Practically every one on the programme of the 
Ellis street vaudeville house indulges in a shoe-shuffling stunt as 
part of his contribution this week. Dancing is represented in all 
the hundred and onp varieties. You get the common barn-yard 
shuffle and high-kicking, the dreamy waltz and the acrobatic 
lioop-la style of pirouetting. It is a sort of vaudevillized GermaD 
that they are holding this week, and it only needs Med Green- 
way's presence for the finishing touch. 

Firstly, there are Los Salvaggis, who wear dazzling, bespangled 
skirts, cut short from their chins down and the Boor up, who 
smile ravishinglv — and dance. They dance after the whirlwind 
fashion with a blonde gentleman in "full evening dress," and 
they are really entitled to more applause than they get. 

Secondly, there are, (ins Hibbert and Fred Warren, who hold 
a regulation meaningless "Darktown" conversation for a while, 
after which Mr. Warren plays efficiently on a very upright piano 
— after which they danee. 

Thirdly, there are "(ins Edwards' School Boys and Girls." con- 
sisting of an octet of young ladies and gentlemen who play at 
"School Days," sing songs in solo and collectively with some neat- 
ness — and dance. 

Fourthly, there is Miss Eva Taylor, who is hack again with her 
company in "Chums." which is a rattling little farce with a host 
of "mistaken identity" situations. -And, quite in the spirt of 

beginning Sunday, January '.oth. 

Upton Sinclair, author of "Prince Hagen," which will be pro- 
duced for llif first time on any stage at the Valencia Theatre, 
Monday evening. 

the week, she exhibits an array of brown-toned hosiery, erics 
"I [oop-la I" — and dances. 

Fifthly, there are the Rooney sisters, who sing thinly — and 

Sixthly, there is Wilfred Clarke, the suave farceur, who. with 

his company, produces the humorous playlet he lias done here 
before. Mr. Clarke would not lie charged with dancing from a 
technical standpoint, but he gets around the Orpheum stage with 
such speed and oimbleness for a mere pedestrian that he comes 
pretty close to it. His entertaining vehicle bears as a title the 
interrogation, "What Will Happen \"e\l ?" 

What happens next is a mixture of labored monologue with 
prosaic lull and banjo playing by Edwin La tell, who ponderously 
announces on the programme that he has secured the permission 
of Winsor McCay, the artist, and the New York Evening 
gram for assuming a make-up similar to that worn by Mr. Bun- 
ion, a Sunday supplement hero. Wter which Mr. Latell dances. 

Eighthly, there is a magician named he Biere who breaks the 
chain, for his contribution is black, and not tcrpsichnrcan, art. 
Hi; work is accomplished with a tine ease, and there is a first- 
rate entertainment in his act. 

But lastly, though not leastlv. there is mine Herr Bosner, who 
does a finger dame on the c loth-eo\ cred kevs of his mclodiously- 
toned organ, ami coaxes forth lie mosl pleasing sound- of the 
evening, according to my auditory nerves, at any rate. 

• » * 

"Arizona? at the American. 

Augustus Thomas's distinctive play of American life, 
still has the power to thrill and enthrall. Tt ma 
very much idealized picture of army and raneh life that M : . 
Thomas has given ns. but it is on account of the playwright's 
license rhat has been indulged in that such excellent stag 
tertainment has resulted. "Ariaona" s the beat play 

vet produced in this country, and >t still ha? a long life bef 
for its theme is unhackneyed and the development of the plot is 
hi ought about by ingenious I forthright, means. "Ari- 

ls a colorful and very interesting piece of dramatic work. 

The company producing the play at the American is far from 
Iiy one. I aham, who is entrusted wi 

leading - and most of the othi 

a pretty road-worn lot. Alma Bradb-v does some rati 
work as Bonita Canby, and Edward Farrell gets some occasional 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 9, 1909. 

buoyancv into the part of Lieutenant Denton. But "Arizona" 
somehow evokes enthusiasm and thrills, in spite of the histrions, 
because -it the play itself and the power of the man behind the 


* * * 

"The Pbliticiams" at the Princess. 

Kolb & Dill's latest vehicle, "The Politicians," continues in 
public favor, and filled houses are the rule, not the exception. As 
regards plot and construction, this nonsensical melange is the 
best that the German comedians have yet given us this season, 
and, barring the talky first half of the opening act, the action 
generally is ke >t up at quite a merry clip. Kolb and Dill arc 
again the Ions and short individuals with the ridiculously funny 
manners and dialect, and the company lias a couple of newcomers 
m Adele Rafter and George A. Wright Miss Batter has good 
looks and a pleasing voice, but'she lack's dash. Wright does some 
good comedy work as the Pooh Bah of Bichville. The slum is 
well put on. and the chorus, happily costumed, is particularly 
sprightly in this production. 


One of the most popular hits of last season nl the Van Mess 
Theatre was the dramatization of George Barr McCutcheon's 
novel. "Brewster's "Millions." which is announced for a limited 
return engagement commencing next Sunday night, January 
10th. The stay of the comedy-melodrama this year will be for 
eight nights and one matinee. The Cohan and Harris comedians 
will present the piece, and Robert Ober will once more play the 
star role, while charming June Mathis will appear as "Peggy." 
Did you ever try to spend a million in a year? From tin diffi- 
culties encountered by "Monty" Brewster, it would seem that the 
spending of ten hundred thousand dollars "legitimately" in 365 
days is attended by greater hardships than is the saving of a 
similar amount. The company for the most part is made up of 
young players equipped with spirit and enthusiasm, the scenery 
is elaborate, and the realistic yacht and storm scene in the third 

act is a remarkable example of stage mechanism. 

* * * 

After a most successful run of two weeks. "The College 
Widow" will be played for the last times at the Valencia Thea- 
tre Sunday afternoon and evening, and on Monday night "Prince 
Hagen," a fantastic drama in four acts and six scenes, by Upton 
Sinclair, author of "The Jungle." and other powerful works, will 
be presented for the first time on any stage. 

"Prince Hagan" is said to be absolutely nut ol' the ordinary, 
and to contain serious food for thought, served in a most enter- 
taining way. 

There «re twenty speaking parts in the play, and the full 
strength of the capable Valencia stock company will be called 
upon in its presentation. Robert Warwick will, of course, be 
east in the title role. Blanche Stoddard will have a splendid op- 
portunity of doing some excellent acting and wearing some mag- 
nificent gowns as Kslollc [aman, an heiress. Scores of extra 
people will appear as Xibelungen. Bowery loafers, sight-seers 
and members of the four hundred, and nothing will be left un- 
done to make "Prince Hagen'e" initial appearance a most pro- 
pitious one. 

One of the most important Eeatures of the production will be 
the music which has been especially written by Herman Heller, 
the leader of the Valencia orchestra, who has been collaborating 
with Mr. Sinclair for some weeks past on the work. His on hi -- 
tra will be augmented by French horns, oboes, bassoons and other 
instruments, and will comprise over twenty men, the best musi- 
cians to be obtained in San Francisco. 

"Sherlock Holmes" will follow "Prince Hagen" at I ho 

* * * 

"'Sweet Kitty Bellairs," which is to be given its firs! presenta- 
tion west of Chicago next week at the Alcazar, was written ie. 
David Belaseo, who found his inspiration in Egerton Castle's 
charming tale, "The Bath Comedy." It will be the most elabo- 
rate production ever undertaken by the Alcazar. In the cast are 
thirty-five speaking people and a small army of silent super- 
numeraries, and each of the four acts unfolds a set of gorgeous 
stage pictures. To give full justice to incidental and entre-acte 
music, specially composed by William Fnrst of New York, the 
orchestra will he considerably augmented. 

Three of the scenes are laid in Bath, the British Spa made 
famous by Beau Brummell and Beau Nash and other foppish 

celebrities of the Gainsborough period, during the French re- 
publican wars, and the men are hardly less frilled and furbelowed 
than the women. Dashing soldiers and men of fashion, patched 
and powdered matrons and maids, compose the dramatis per- 

In the title part, Evelyn Vaughan will have one of the Biosl 
i ongenial roles she had ever played. 

Bertram Lytell's handsome face and figure will lose no charm 
by his sartorial embellishment, says the management. It is ur- 
gently requested that the audience be seated before 8:10 o'clock 
p. in., as the prologue serves to convej much enlightenment on 
the scenes which follow. 

The Orpbeum bill for next week will be beaded by the Three 
Yoscarys, famed the world over as eccentric comedy acrobats. 

Lttired in modem costume, and encumbered with heavy over- 
coats, they perform marvelous athletic feats. Mr. and Mrs. Gene 

Hughes, comedians of ability, who are recognized on both sides 
of the Atlantic, and were dubbed by the English critics the 
"Mr. and Mrs. Kendall of Vaudeville," will present a dainty 
comedy by Fred J. Beaman, entitled "Suppressing the Press;" 

Rogers and Deely, who played a shorl engagement of one week 
only recently, will return with their diverting skit, "The Singer 
and bis Valet." Next week' will lie the lasi of De Bicre. the 
marvelous illusionist; The Rooney Sisters: the famous Parisian 
dancers. I,,- Salvaggis; Hibberi and Warren, and also of that 
splendid light comedian, Wilfred Clarke, ami bis clever company, 
in the delightful c, dv. "What Will Happen Next?" 

* * * 

The ii nse popularity of Kolb and Dill is as great as ever, 

and the Princess Theatre is proving inadequate to accommodate 
greal numbers which nightly seek admission. The play is an 

amusing ami g 1-tempered satire on municipal Government 

and the graft that seems to be a necessary portion of it. Kolb 
as tbe corporation attorney, and Dill as the Mayor of Bichville. 
keep the audiences in roars of laughter. The production is an 
elaborate and complete one. "The Politicians" will be continued 
all next week. 

* * * 

(lenrge M. Cohan lias written another successful play, and it 
will be revealed to us for tbe first time at the American Theatre 
Sunday next. January 10'h, for one week only. It is entitled 
"50 Miles from Boston," and comes to us with the stamp of suc- 
cess : in fact, it is said to be the very best output from the pro- 
lific work-shop of this strenuous young author-actor-playwright. 
"50 Miles from Boston" !■; rural in its atmosphere, in as much 
as all of the scenes arc laid in the little village of Brookfield, 
Mass., and the characters in this play are all drawn from 
of the inhabitants of that village. Cohan and Harris ai 

to have assembled an excellent cast anil a large chorus lor the 
correct presentation of the Yankee Doodle comedian's newest 
play. Besides Joseph M. Sparks. Hazel Lowry. Suzanne Leonard 
Westford (Lillian Russell's sister), ami \\ . Douglas Stei 


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are in the cast Charlee Willard, Walter P. Richardson, Bus- 
Bell Pincus, (Catherine Perry, Ella Sothei I Mae Helton. 

As to the chorus, there are npwards of fifty, all announced as 
being vocally proficient, and there is also a magnificenl scenicj 
costume and electrical environment promised. Then there are 
n Cohan songs. "Jack and Jill," "A Sm.ill Town Gal," 
"Ain'1 li \wtnl." "Boys Wlio Fighf the Flames," "Harrigan," 
.-iikI "Waltz Willi Me." The production is said to be the mosl 

expensive one of its kind on the road. 

* * * 

The theatrical people, with characteristic generosity, have de- 
cided in assisl in the collection of funds for the aid of the suffer- 
ers in stricken Italy. On Thursday. January 14th, a benefit per- 
formance will he given at the Van N"ess Theatre, under the aus- 
pices of the Association of Theatrical Managers, and the pro- 
gramme will include attractions from the Van Ness, Valencia, 
Alcazar. Princess, Orphenm and American Theatres. It is ex- 
pected thai Madame Gadski will appear at this benefit. The 
performance will start at 1.30 sharp, and tickets are $2.00. On 
Friday, an auction sale of seats was held at the Merchants' Ex- 
change, and some good prices were bid for the best locations. 

Another benefit is scheduled for next Tuesday afternoon at the 
Valencia Theatre, which house is contributed by the management, 
and when the other theatres will also volunteer their services and 
talent to the success of the occasion. This benefit will be in 
charge of Father Buss of Corpus Ohristi Italian Church. Sev- 
eral thousand dollars are expected to be taken in at these affairs, 
which will make a substantial addition to the local relief fund 
for the unfortunates of sunny Italy. 

The Van Ness Theatre has secured an unusually strong attrac- 
tion for two weeks commencing Monday, January 18th, in the 
appearance of Mr. E. H. Sothern. For his San Francisco en- 
gagement, Mr. Sothern has selected three of the mosl importanl 

plays of his entire repertoire, Hamlet, Lord Dundreary. I 

Richard Lovelace. In the course of the engagement, lie will he 
seen in romantic drama, eccentric comedy and Shakespearean 


* * * 

Upton Sincla.ire. the famous writer, whose "Jungle" created 
such a sensation, is in attendance at every rehearsal of his new 
play, "Prince Ilagen." which will receive iis initial production 

at the Valencia Theatre. His suggestions are invaluable lo 
Stage Director Sedley Brown and his assistants, and the various 
members of the company have been securing, direct from the au- 
thor, his own ideas as to how the characters Bhould be interpreted 

and costumed. 

* * * 

"Sherlock Holmes," the dramatization of some of the adven- 
tures of Conan Doyle's wonder-working detective, made famous 
by William Gillette, will be Btaged on an elaborate scale at the 
Valencia Theatre al the conclusion of the run of "Prince 
Ilagen." Robert Warwick will appear in the title role. The 
mechanical staff of the theatre is hard al work on the produc- 
tion, which promises to be a notable one. 

* * * 

Rex Stovel, a well-known San Franciscan and late stage mana- 
ger tor Henry Miller and Mme. Nazimova in New York, has 
been engaged in a similar capacity al the Valencia Theatre to 
assisl Sedley Brown, (he veteran stage director al the 
Mr. Stove] is an artisl of high attainments, has (raveled all over 
the world, and will be a distinct addition to the Valencia forces. 

* * * 

'The final performance of "Ben Hur" will be given at the 
\ an Ness Theatre tins Saturday night. The Klaw and Erlanger 
production has Keen making new records in point of attendance 

during the pas! two weeks. 

* * * 

A starry season is ahead for the patrons of the \ an Ness for 
Ihe notable list of bookings includes B. IT. Sothern. Lillian 
Russell, Richard Carle, Marie Doro, Ethel Barrymore, John 

Drew, Billie Burke and Maud i vi.mis. 

* * * 

The notable Eastern production of "(".iris" will be an early at- 
I an Ness Theatre, tl is said : <> » I ydi 

cleverest work. 

* * * 

Two leading women, Miss < - « and HiSG 

lTammond. will appear with th< npany coming 1 

support of E. H. Sothern. 

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Daily, Saturday and Night classes. Open January 4th. Circulars mailed on application to 
the S. P. Institute of Art, California and Mason Sis.. San Francisco. 

GO — Of course you'll go to the 

Valencia Theatre 

Valencia Street, between 13th and 14th 
Telephone Market 17 

Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings. Last times of "The College 
Widow." Commencing Monday evening, January n, first production on any 
stage of 

A fantastic drama by Upton Sinclair, author of "The Jungle." Presented by 
the Valencia Stock Company. including Robert Warwick and Blanche Stoddard 
Special music composed by Herman Heller and played by an orchestra of 20. 

Regular matinees Wednesday. Saturday and Sunday. Prices — 25c. 

to 50c. Evenings. 25c. to 75c. Box seats, $1.00. 



XjIAjUV Absolutely Class A Theatre Building. 

Beginning this Sunday afternoon. Matinee every day. 

THE THREE YOSCARYS, Europe's Foremost Athletic Eccentrics; Mr. and 
Mrs. Gene Hughes in the dainty plavlet, "Suppressing the Press;" Rogers & 
Deely, "The Singer and his Valet, "[this week only]; The Mysterious De Biere; 
Les Salvaggis; The Rooney Sisters; Hibbert & Warren; New Orpheum Motion 
Pictures. Last week great comedy triumph Wilfred Clarke & Co. in "What 
Will Happen Next?" 

Evening prices — 10c 25c. 50c, 75c Box Seats — $1. Matinee 

prices (except Sundays and holidays), 10c, 25c, 50c 

Phone West 6000. 

American Theatre 

Market St. near Seventh. Phone Market 381 
The playhouse of comfort and safety 
Week commencing Sunday matinee January 10th. Co nan an( j Harris present 
George M. Cohan's rural rustic musical play 

A fetching Cohan chorus. 

Prices — Evenings, 25c, 50c, 75c, $1. No higher. Matinees, 25c, 
50c, 75c 


Van Ness Theatre 

Phone Market 500 
Beginning Sunday night. January 10 

Engagement limited to eight nights. Matinee Saturday. The Cohan and 
Harris comedians in Frederic Thompson's stupendous production, 

With Robert Ober. The same notable cast and scenic effects as seen here 
last season, including the Great Yacht Scene. 

Jan. 18— E. H. Sothern in "Hamli-t," "Richard Lovelace." "Lord Dundreary' 
and "Richelieu." 

New Alcazar Theatre ^ m,s z:X^Z s ' r ' eu 

Belasco & Mayer, Owners and Managers. Absolutely Class A Bldg 
Monday night. January 11, and all week, first time in San Francisco Of David 
Belasco's CODiedy of the heart 

Adapted from Egerton Castle's famous Story, "The Bath Conedy," 
Prices: Matinees Saturday and Sunday, 25c to 50c Evenings. 
25c to $1.00. 


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WATCTftftv Prices — Evenings. 26c, 60c 
weji POJ 75c. $1.00. Matinees (except Sun- 
MANAGER ia > s anJ Holidays) n, 50. 75c. 

Matinee Saturday and Sunday. This and next week 

In their latest and greatest hit 

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San Francisco News Letter 

January 9, 1909. 

Queen of Italy. 

King of Italy. 

Queen Helene of Italy is rated as one of the most beautiful 
women of Europe. The- News Letter photographs are recent ones, 
and that of the Queen and the King are excellent portraits. Vic- 
tor Emanuel is a sensible, conservative, patriotic gentleman, lb- 
is always conscious of the duties he owes his countrymen, and he 
discharges them with a degree of wisdom that is notable. There 

is splendid understanding between this ideally mated king and 
his wife. The work of these sovereigns in the terrible crisis 
which has involved the people of the lower peninsula in death 
and destruction, has endeared them to their people in such a waj 
that the simple country folk have almost looked upon them as 


There is universal sorrow in the art world through the passing 
away of Sydney J. Yard, painter. Yard was possessed of a 
charming personality and an unaffected modesty that made him 
held in high regard by friends and the casual acquaintance alike 
His gracious simplicity of manner endeared him to his neighbors 
,il ( larmel-hy-the-Sea quite as readily as it secured the admiration 
of those of the artistic fraternity in whom subordination of self 
is an unknown quantity. 

Sydney Yard was born in England approximately fifty-five 
years ago and studied considerably abroad. Ten years since, he 
came to California and opened a studio on Montgomery street 
in this city. He also worked for some time in Sun Jose, but a 
few years ago resolved to settle down at Carmel, building for 
himself a home and studio building, where all his later work was 

Tt was remarkable to notice the development in Yard's work 
as time went on. Probably no other Western water-colorist has 
so thoroughly laid aside his early methods with such success. 
When be first commenced painting in California. Yard was essen- 
tially a realist. The fidelity to nature evidenced in bis pictures 
was painful in its conscientiousness. Nothing appeared too 
minor for transmission to paper, and this attention to elaborate 
detail on his part tended to render these early productions of his 

eminently photographic. And though some of the picture- were 
pleasing there was in them no hint of the virile interpreter of 
nature that was yet to be disclosed. 

Only quite recently Yard shook off the shackles of realism and 
i ommenced to see nature with the poefs eye. In a comparatively 
short space of lime his work developed a maturity and dignity 
that was little shori of wonderful. The art of the rejuvenated 
Yard was a mellowed arl dominated by the finest and deepest in- 
stincts of bis calling. And his early training stood him in fine 
stead, for be knew bow In draw correctly, ami bis knowledge of 
other years controlled the process of elimination. And so bis 
draughtsmanship and color partook of a rational simplicity. 

Yard was most happy, perhaps, in his handling of oaks, al- 
though landscapes of infinite variety were reverently and charm- 
ingly painted by him. While he excelled in water-color, he had 
given some attention to oils recently, and bad produced 

meritorious things in that medium. It is exceedingly la ntable 

that Yard should have been taken away when bo was producing 
the big Ihinsrs of bis career, and when all signs pointed to even 


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greater developmeni and achievemeni in the near future. Cali- 
fornia art Buffers a great Kiss, indeed, in his den 

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* * * 

A volume published locally by Robertson will be found of de- 
ided interest to artists and those of artistic appreciation. The 
title. "Arthur Atkins: His Letters, with Notes Upon Painting." 
is an index to the nature of the book, which has as its compiler 
Bruce Porter, a friend of the young painter. Atkins, though he 
died at the age of twenty-six, left nevertheless an important 
stamp upon California art. The mind-workings of the brilliant 
young painter are here revealed in subtle fashion, and his re- 
markable critical sense and discernment in art matters disclose 
a rare enthusiasm tempered by most unusual clarity of vision. 

* * * 

John M. Gamble has been making a great success in the East 
with his California wild-flower pictures, which make a strong ap- 
peal to the people on the other side of the Koekies. Recently, 
one of his canvasses was hung in the place of honor in the Art 
Club of Philadelphia. 

* * * 

The American Free Art League of Boston is constantly en- 
listing strong allies in its fight for the removal of the duty on 
art in this country. The other cb}y, Mr. Carroll Beckwith, one 
of our most distinguished portrait painters, spoke for the artists 
at the free art hearing before the Ways and Means Committee in 
Washington, and presented many forceful arguments that arc 
s;iul In have made quite an impression on the committee. 


This is the season of the year when most of us resolve to turn 
over the proverbial new leaf and make all kinds of goodly reso- 
lutions. Some people resolve to eschew the flowing bowl, to re- 
nounce looking upon the wine when it is a brilliant Vermillion, 
and decide to clamber aboard the water wagon as it passes their 
way. How long they stay aboard depends, of course, upon the 
individual, for the top of the wagon is cui'ved in form, and it is 
hard to retain a seat thereon. Others determine to cut out the 
filthy weed and chew tutti-frutti instead. And others resolve 
on any old thing just because it is the fashion at this time of the 
year to make resolutions. The swearing oil process is a univer- 
sal one in the month of January. 

But there is one resolve that we would like to impress upon 
many of our readers, which, if stood by, will work for more gen- 
eral happiness than most of the other resolves put together, li 
is the resolve to bet no more upon the races. If there is a young 

man reading this who has 1 n shifting away his meagre salary. 

and all that he could borrow besides, at Emery-vile, lei him take 
beed bj this warning and determine to shake nil' the rare track 

shackles with the bright new year. If he be a man of family, 

who has deprived his wife am! children and those dependent upon 
him of the necessaries oJ life because the betting mania had him 
in its control, let him determine to render himself free from the 
pernicious influence at once. The spring) step will come back 
to him. the light will return to bis eye, and jo] will reign 
in his little home, where misery had consorted in the past. If 

there is a clerk who has been abstracting m iys from the till 

lo satisfy his insatiable desire to "beat the pen 

course, to make it square with his employer when he n 

"killing" — let him permit the less in to be gained from the hun- 
dreds of absconding "trusted" emplo i sink in. 
The year of 1909 is just beginning. It is full of promise. The 

young man of to-day has jusi i- ample opportunities for develop- 
meni ! ere him. lie can make himself what 
lie will. Hut he . an n fortune at the race track. No 

on,> can beat ihar game. That fait has been established many, 
many times. The few men who do make money out of the race 
track are the ones that control it. and the money they make Is 
buted by the piker, by yon. young man. if you happen to 
of those that speculates with a meagre salary and borrowed 
money. The race track habit can but lead to misery, sorrow. 

e and loss of self-respect. 
All of this sounds, we know, like a sermon from i pulp 
the exigencies of the case have inspired it. tfo a g unen 

too strong, no moral can bo turned that will appj 

torted. The ra< i i RUIX! Young 

man. remember this in your list of r> • 1909. 

The Cosmos 


Opposite Palace Hotel 

Table d'Hote Lunch. 50c 


Sliced Tomato 

String Beans 

Cream of Onions 


Pompano Meuniere Tenderloin of Sole, Tartar Sauce 

Pot Roast, German Style 

Lamb Epigramme Jardiniere Brains, Brown* Butter 

Tagllarini and Cheese Boiled Beef and Cabbage 

Club Sausage and Risotto 

Roast Beef Roast Lamb 

An Extra Entree, 15 cents. 


Apple Pie Ice Cream Watermelon 

Strawberry and Cream Nutmeg 

Pistache Cake 

Swiss Cheese Roquefort Cheese Brie Cheese 

An Extra Dessert 10 cents. 

r:/.t*J Mrt.//»* 

The Leading Restaurant 
of San Francisco 

or A* la Carte 

342 Sutter Street San Francisco 



Miss Nadyne Parker, Lyric Soprano 
Miss Anita GUI, Mezzo Soprano. 








II . i N. W. Corner 

notei Poik & Post sts. 

San Francisco 
Franklin 2960 

Old Poodle Dog Restaurant 

824-626 Eddy St., near Van Ness Ave. Formerly at Bush St., corner 
Grant avenue. Phone Franklin 63. 

-j-w yw -r-\ r*s « Open Evenings Including Sundays 

I |h W Music Sundays. 


at 326 BUSH STREET. Bet Kearny and Montgomery SU. 

■ kr.*R?n 1812 

Dinner, Sundays and Holidays 
With wine, J1.00 

DINNER, With wine T?c 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 9, 1909. 

0° O 


A very droll story is going the rounds of the ultra-exclusive tea 
tables, and the smart set is all puckered up with smiles over the 
incident. The chatelaine of a very handsome country home, not 
a hundred miles away from Burlingame, invited, among other 
nMM-ihe-holiday house guests, a very eligible bachelor whose 
Cupid-proof exterior would disfranchise any one with a less al- 
luring bank account. The bachelor promptly responded to the 
invitation, accepting on provision that the funds on the enclosed 
printed slip be furnished him. The list demanded a certain 
brand of Kumiss put at only one place in the city, home-made 
gluten-flour bread, and all sorts of "health crank" things, ap- 
palling to a chef accustomed to tickle the palate of epicures. The 
hostess, who is rather tabasco tongued. in the heat of the moment 
replied that since she could not convert her home into a sani- 
torium, he had better go to a sanitorium. 

Which accounts for the presence of the eligible at the bome of 
a hostess who is just graduating from near-society to society. He 
straightway sent her. his list in response to her invitation, and 
she agreed during his four days' visit to follow it to the letter. 
It was as good as a two-ringed circus to watch the elated way in 
which this lady showed him around as her prize exhibit, while the 
other hostess, who had turned down the list, looked ruefull] on, 

When one is on a diet, it is fatal to accept week-end invita- 
tions, but there are few people who would have the temerity to 
send around a printed list of what they desired served at meals. 
It smacks of the prerogatives of royalty, but now that it has 
carried once, the bachelor will probably have no difficulty in 
putting it through. Of course, only an important, and eligible 
member of society could attempt such a thing without bracing 
up on a case of nerve tonic, and even then there would be little 
chance of any one heeding printed instructions. I doubt whether 
any hostess would go to that trouble for the petticoat contingent, 
as men are in more demand, unfortunately for their bump of con- 
ceit. There is something of a shortage of the male persuasion 
that can be coaxed into society duty, and as a result, they are 
being given all sorts of privileges. Last season a lot of young 
fellows, without much more recommendation than a dress suit, 
and a "taking way," slipped through the fences. But this season 
the dowagers sharpened up their blue pencils and struck out a 
number of names that were not copied from any Eamih 'scuff 1 
cheon in particular. As a result, the balls are nerve racking ex- 
periences even for pretty girls, for there is a decided shortage ill 
the man market, and the dance programme that is filled early in 

tl vening presupposes tremendous popularity. So the eligibly s 

are fussed over, in a way that will probably confirm their sense 
of their own importance. 

Sunday teas in town have been sparingly given this year, ow- 
ing to the soft and balmy weather which lasted until the holidays 
and encouraged out of town pleasuring. But now that the rainy 
season is on, Sunday afternoons will once more End | pie pay- 
ing their respects to the friendly Formosa. Miss Anita Maiilard 
started the tea ball rolling last Sunday with a charming informal 
affair in honor of Miss Maud Wilson, who has been the motif of 
a number of cozy tea gatherings. 

There are several interesting visitors iu San Francisco at pres- 
ent, conspicuous among them Lady Bro and Miss Amy 

Broome, of Santa Barbara. The Broomes belong to the colony 
of English people who find in Santa Barbara all that makes Eoi 
enjoyable living. A number of San Francisco Bociety people, 
who have spent part of every season in the Southland, numbered 
acquaintance with the Broomes among their pleasant assets, and 
they are doing everything possible to return the hospitality to 
Lady Broome and her daughter. On Monday, Lady Broome 
and Miss Amy entertained at a luncheon at the Fairmont^ where 
they have taken apartments. 

Tuesday was a crowded day with two big luncheons, one given 
by Miss Janet Coleman in honor of Mrs. Kenneth Mar-Donald, 
nee Anita Davis, and the other by Mrs. Frederick Stoll for Miss 
Kathleen Farrell, who leaves soon for Europe. Then there was 
the reception for Mrs. Mentbon Tompkins, given by her sister, 


The result of forty years successful experience 
in catering to the mosrt discriminating travelers 
in the world. 

Under management of the 

Palace Hotel Company 

.Mrs. George C. Boardman. This affair was to have been given 
last week-, but was postponed owing to the illness of Mrs. Board- 
man, who has now entirely recovered, Tuesday evening, Mrs. 
Charles 0. Alexander and beT sprightly youug daughter gave 
a skating party to twenty-four young people, afterwards enter- 
taining them at supper at the St. Francis. 

Wednesday was another luncheon day, with Miss Helene Irwin 
hostess at an elaborate affair in honor ,,r Miss Florence Hopkins. 
Miss Leslie Page also entertained a aumber of young friends 

in her charming manner. Miss Irwin has been a most wclc ■ 

addition to the younger set, and has planned to give a number 
of affairs, beginning with ibis mid-week luncheon for Miss Hop- 

Miss Irene Farrell, who goes abroad for a year's travel, was the 
i ompliinented gnesi on Thursday at a luncheon at the Franeesca 
Club, presided over by her mother and sister. The guest list 
was entirely made up from Miss Irene's young friends, who bade 
her bon voyage. 

Fnday. the long-awaited Colonial ball is to set young hearts 
beating in rhythmic swing. Mrs. Alexander's lisl is the last 
word on exclusiveness, but i! floes not include manj of the old- 
sters, designed as il is to meef the demands of the younger set. 
A number of dinners precede the ha!!, conspicuous among tin-in 
Mrs. .lames Flood's elaborate complimenl to Mis S Florence Hop- 
kins. Miss Elizabeth Woods and Miss Helen Jones are also giv- 
ing dinners preceding tic dance. 

To-day, Saturday, i.- well -pilled with tea. two large affairs en- 
croaching on the afternoon. Mrs. Casserlj and Miss Casserly 
sent out their cards in honor id' Miss Catherine Donohoe, and 
Miss Marian Miller, who is one of the most popular of the debu- 
tantes, is having her first big tea in her own home. 

Fr far away Egypf comes the tale of social conquests by 

an American woman. Lady Maxwell, hit Bonynge, is a Calil'or- 

nian, and is the wife of the Sirdar of Egypt. There is a friendly 
rivalry as to which of two beautiful women shall be the regnanl 
social sovereign of the Fgvptian capital. Lady Gorst, wife ol 
sir Eldon Gorst, the British agent in Egypt, is Lady Maxwell's 
rival in this pretty battle. Lady Maxwell is surrounded bj a 
-alon ol' brilliant Americans, who have decided to spend their 
lime and their wealth this winter in Cairo. Lady Gorsf is the 
daughter of Charles 1,'uihl. who wa- one of the partners of Cecil 

Rhodes, she opened the social festivities at Cairo, the other day. 
by a magnificent ball. Lady Maxwell followed with a great 
final ion. including a ball the next night. This was attended by 
all officialdom, the officers of the embassies and the naval repre- 
sentatives of many nations. Altogether if was one ol' the mosl 

brilliant assemblages ever gathered in social pleasure in the old 

THE STAR HAIR REMEDY, the best tonic; restores color to gray 
hair; stops falling; cures dandruff; grows new hair. All druggists. 

Removal Notice 
Schimmel & Boyd 

are now at their permanent 


and announce to their 
patrons the arrival of a 
select line of exclusive imported 

Fall and Winter Woolens 

Second floor Koenig Building 

cor. Post and Kearny 
San Francisco 

January 9, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


Egyptian capital. Lad; Maxwell upheld the honors of the daj 
; • • in magnificenl dignity. Lady 

Maxi ■ daughter of ('. \Y. Bonynge. 

The Bagmen of Bagdad, the "Shriners" of the United Com- 
mercial travelers, made things merrj al a banquel in the red 

ro i the St Francis lasl Wednesday. \ lev evenings before 

the Pacific Manifolding Book Company entertained its employ- 
ees .-it a pleasant dinner in the blue room. The wine of prefer- 
ence nn this occasion was Pommery Sec. 

Mrs. Gertrude Atherton arrived al the St. Francis llic other 
day, and registered from Munich. It is her intention to spend 
the winter on top of Mouni Tamalpais, writing a novel, the 
scene of which will be Munich in the lime of Mad Kins Ludwig. 

That guests at Hotel Del Monte are appreciative of the hotel 
club rooms which were opened shortly before Christmas day. is 
evidenced by the attendance usually found there each evening. 
While the picturesque club house among the trees has always 
been delightfully comfortable and attractive, its separation from 
the hotel was considered by many as a disadvantage. To obviate 
this, and save even the short walk across the road. Manager War- 
ner has made some decided changes, with the result that the new 
club rooms occupy the entire end of the hall where the grill for- 
merly was. Guests can. reach them without going outside, and 
the new addition has jumped into immediate favor. In the elub 
rooms are billiard tables, new style bowling alleys, shuffle boards, 
miniature nine-pins, card tables, Vie. Everything is light, airy 
and as comfortable as eould be. Manager Warner is to be com- 
plimented on the appearance as well as the favor with which his 
new arrangements have been received. 

The series of affairs that have focussed the 'attention of society 
upon the St. Francis for the past few weeks will have a fitting 
climax Friday night, wdien the first Colonial dance will mark in 
San Francisco a Brahmanism of social lines that has heretofore 
been unknown in the West. No end of smart dinners have been 
arranged at the St. Francis to precede the affair, and the care- 
fully evolved plan of decoration ensures an epochal event when 
the elect of the social register assemble in the Colonial ball room. 

To-day the Hotel Metropole, Catalina Island, completely 
equipped, is one of the finest hotels in the West. The Wilming- 
ton Transportation Company people never do tilings half way, 
and this hotel is an addition to the many big hotels of the South- 
land, with improvements. There is no detail in hotel comfort 
that has not been thought out in every nicety. Catalina Island. 
with all of its other marvelous attractions, has at last a perfei 
hotel, and the public may now enjoy to the fullest a stay on this 
wonderful island. The next season promises more visitors to 
California in general, and the Southland in particular, than ever 
before in the history of the Stale, and Catalina is now in shape 
lo care for all who may conic its way in befitting st] le 

Visitors from the Northwest arc now Socking to California lo 
escape the rigors of the northern winter. The Fairmont seems 
to he the favorite stopping place for all who come from this 
section. Among the arrivals noted the pas! Een days were S. .1. 
Watson and wife, Spokane; S. C. Paine Spokane; Mr. and Mrs. 
Waller (i. Merryweather, Spokane; Mr. ami Mis. P. I.. Warren. 
Mrs. Smith. Mr. and Mrs. 1'.. M. Lombard, Purl land : and F. V 

Rankin, Eugene, Ore., A. K. Fisher and « 3es le, R. P. 
Toby, Seattle, and \\ . II. Raymond, Portland. 

Robin Civ\ . u bo is manager for the Vandei i nl ests in 
some of their mining developments, will leave shoi « Eor an ex- 
tended business trip to New York. Mr. Grey has apartments ai 
the Fairmont when in San Fi am isi o, 

A disl inguished pan \ oi world I ■ from 

Hawaii and :ir Fairmont. Included were Mi-- II 

Robertson, Miss G. Hope-Robertson, L. II A. 

E. F. Hutton & Co. 

Bankers and Brokers 

31-33-35 New Street. New York 

490 California S(. I S,n Francisco 
St. FtlOClS Hold ) Tel. Doucla* MB 

112 WhI VISl . LosAnireles 
1301 hi Washington. D. C. 

MEMBERS V-» lork Slock Exchancr. \c» York. C.otlon Exchange New York 
Coffee Exchange. Chicago Board of Trade. Pioneer House. 

I'risale win to Chicago, New \ ork (Men executed through an> New York Stock 
Exchange house, affording Kasii-rnt-rs the opportunity of Irading with their own 

R I Ml 1 CART, Manager 

Hope-Robertson, and aJej Cross, all registering Er Scotland. 

Among the recenl additions to the Los Angeles colony at the 
Fairmont are Edward A. Dickson, Mr. and Mrs. George B. An- 

m, Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Collins and daughter. E. P>. Flack, 

all of Los Angeles; Samuel Storrow of Pasadena. 

Miss Margarel Miller of Wellesley College, Mass., is a visitor 
to San Francisco, and is a guest at the Fairmont. 

Among the pr inenl New Yorkers who arc making the 

Fairmont their home while in San Francisco are dames Barton, 
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peterson, W. Gregory, W. K. McElheney, 
Roby H. Thomas, Frank F. Carpenter. George E. Osborne, East 
Orange, N. Y. 

Hotel St. Francis 



The Center of Entertainment 
In the City that Entertains 

Under the management of James Woods 


N. E. oor. Bush and Stockton 

Centrally Located 

A Modern and Up-To-Date Family Hotel. 
Sun in Every Room. Elaborate Furnish- 
ings. Excellent Cuisine. Large Lobby and 
Reception Room. Grill Room. Dining Room 

European and American Plan 

Del Monte 

near quaint old Monterey 125 miles from San Francisco. 
Uniting all the pleasures of outdoor life under ideal conditions, 
with the conveniences and luxuries of the best metropolitan 
hotels. For rates, reservations, etc., address 

H. R. WARNER, Manager. 

Hotel Argonaut 

Built by the Society of California Pioneers. Fourth street near Market, 
San Francisco. Caters to both Family and Commercial Trade: 400 room^: 
rooms with detached bath, $1 per day; rooms with private bath. $1.50 and 
up per day; breakfast, 50c; luncheon, 50c. : dinner, including wine, $1. 
Seating capacity, 500. The Hotel Argonaut's free bus meets all trains 
at ferries and steamship landings. 


Hotel Westminster 

Los Angeles, Cal. 

Fourth and Main St*. 

American Plan 


Rates per Day. $2.50 Rooms without Bath. 
Rooms with Bath. $3.00. (3.50 and H.00. 

European Plan 

$1.00 per day and up 
With bath. $1.60 and up. 

F. O. JOHNSON, Proprietor 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 9, 1909. 

The new year opens auspiciously for 
Auspicious Beginning. San Francisco, and there are not a 

Eew among the conservatives who 
predict it will be the most prosperous in our history. The spec- 
tres which were a disturbing factor during the closing months 
of the departed year have been dispelled. One of these was the 
action nf the great powers of Europe in attempting to hoard gold. 
That they have abandoned this policy, under pressure from the 
financial interests of the world, assures a plentiful supply of 
money at low rates. The Governmental hoarding of the precious 
metal is a disturbing factor in trade. It means running gold up 
to a premium, and all to no purpose. The tew hundred millions 
that can be garnered as a war fund would nol lasi two weeks in 
a modern conflict, and national credit is a greater asset than 
well-filled chests of gold. This gold grabbing policy is a relic 
of medieval times, when bonds were unknown and the power that 
had the ready gold was superior to its antagonist without imme- 
diate cash. The tariff revision will not I" 1 a disturbing factor. 
The general opinion prevails among the leaders in Congress that 
the whole matter will be turned over to a commission, and tic 
revision proceed within conservative lines, and so adjusted as to 
time that existing conditions will not lie affected to any appreci- 
able extent. It is suggested, however, that California fruit grow- 
ers should keep their eves open as to tin- possible changes that 
may be made in the tariff affecting our orchard interests. The 
East and the Middle West arc inclined to open the doors to the 
free admission of foreign fruits, both green and dried, and it will 
require constant vigilance and strong arguments to continue' the 
protection to California's products. 

Reports from the mining sections of 
MINING Activities. California and Nevada indicate un- 

usual activity, ami give promise of 
great increase in production. In California several scores of 
mines have been added to the productive list. Properties which 
were abandoned are now being re-opened and worked with profit 
by modern methods. The mining camps in the Southern Nevada 
field are taking on a new life, and much Eastern capital is being 
invested in those properties. In several instances, with the new 
installations of machinery, the output will lie trebled. The Com- 
stoekers are somewhat disappointed at the results attained by the 

new pumps in lowering the water in the lower levels. They "en 
hopeful that the ''Mother I. ode" would again be made accessible 
and the "Bonanza days" revived. Quite an interest was taken in 
the Comstoek properties by a coterie of Boston and Philadelphia 
capitalists during last October and November. Engineers were 
sent eiut to investigate the prospects for an early resumption of 
work on the lower levels, and the indications were that a lively 
interest would be taken in the Bonanza stocks. Prom the fact 
that no "mysterious hand" has been displayed in the game is an 
indication that either the engineers' reports w r ere not Favorable 
or the capitalists have had more glittering inducements offered 
them elsewhere. However, the bulldog determination of the 
Comstockers is Bound to find a way to get back to the old ore 

Under the spur of splendid rentals 
Building Activities. offered for Market street and near- 

Market street locations, unusual 
building activity is augured for along that thoroughfare and 
contiguous streets during the year. The leading architects pro- 
fess to be crowded to the utmost in preparing plans and specifi- 
cations for business structures on the central thoroughfares. One 
architect alone is reported to. being engaged on work represent- 
ing an outlay of $20,000,000, which will be commenced during 
the next few months. According to the reports of real estate 
agents, the general demand is for the construction of five and six 
story buildings, so designed that additional stories may be added 
when conditions demand it. The banks are encouraging build- 
ing in properties south of Market street, where the great bulk 
of the population resided before the fire. The trouble is, that 
lots in that section are, in the majority of instances, hampered by 

mortgages. The banks are endeavoring, however, to solve the 
problem without taking undue risks, and several plans are now 
under discussion with that end in view. It is more than likely 
that a holding company will be incorporated to take the matter 
in hand as the banking interests realize that rebuilding of struc- 
tures for living purposes adjacent to the center of the city are 
essenl ial to the prosperity of the cc u 

[mportant Railway 
Tb insfbb. 

[nformation has been received here 

that the Could interests have secured 
control of tin' Nevada, California 
and Oregon Railway, running out of 
Reno, northerly into Plumas County. The objective point of 
the load is Portland, and it is believed that the Gould interests 
will push the work of construction towards that destination. The 
railway traverses a rich and fertile territory, and over the L2C 
miles of its present length il doe. a heavj freighting business. 
The acquisition of the properly is conceded to lie a master stroke 

on tin' par; of the Could people, ami its extension into Oregon 
will materially contribute to the upbuilding of Reno. It is the 
shortest ami most practical outlel for the northeastern tier of 
California counties ami southeastern Oregon. 

The loeal manager of a stock and 

Speculation CJndbb Ban. bond brokerage linn of national re- 
pute declares that the Hurry and 
slump on the New York Exchange Monday is an indication 
speculation during the nexl ear or two will not be favored in 
high financial circles. "All the Morgan and Rockefeller hanks 
refuse to he drawn Into anything thai savors of speculation," he 
continued. "'I hey realize I n ) have all they can do to provide 
for their railway and kindred interests, and anything outside of 
legitimate trading will be frowned upon. There will be a great 
boom in railway construction during the next few years, and if 
the ship sui is idy bill passes I longress, there will be no limit to the 
iei i\ ii ies on ibis continent." 

While it is denied thai Ilarriman 
Millions in Electrics, has purchased control of the United 

Railroads of this city, the reporl is 
current thai he bas acquired a large working interest in the sys- 
tem, and has secured trackage privileges which will give his pro- 
jected peninsula electric line to San .lose a direcl mule down to 
the ferries, [t is said the Ilarriman plans for suburban electric 
railways and the change of the transbay loeal system Include 
an aggregate expenditure of neatly $20,000,000. 


Quotations on requesT 

Sutro & Co. 

412 Montgomery Street 

Zadig & Co., Stock Brokers 

Tonopah, Goldfleld, Bullfrog, Manhattan, Comstoek. 
Fairview and Rawhide Stocks. Have option on shares 
best Rawhide properties for a few days only. 324 Bush 

Private 'Wire Chicago — New York. 


f New York Stock Exchange 
Member < Chicago Board of Trade 

(. Stock and Bond Exchange, S. F. 
Local and Eastern Stocks and Bonds 

Main Office 

Mills Bide. 

Tel. Kearny 482 

Branch Office 
Hotel Alexandria 
Los Angeles 

Jwlary 9, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

I h 11 T ON CB VNGE. 

The firsl week of the now year was 
iini noted for acti\ ities on local ex- 
i hanges. Trading « as quiet, with 
little variation in figures. More attention is being paid to oil 
stocks than for some time past, and it is likely thai before the 
end of the month transactions in this line will be more active. 
I he oil men are to be given no little credit for their efforts to 
gel rid of the wild ci\ swindlers and keep the business on a legiti- 
mate basis. Hul few of the slocks listed on the local oil exchange 
are non-dividend payers, and even those represeni companies op- 
erating in the well defined oil regions which are legitimately en- 
gaged in exploiting their holdings. 

The sages at Sacramento are dis- 
Revtving the Ghost. turbing business by again juggling 

with the State revenue scheme which 
received its quietus at the last election. The plan is simply the 
old proposition in a new guise, which means that the burden of 
Slate taxation is to fall upon the populous centers of the State. 
While ihe present method of taxation is cumbersome and expen- 
sive, il is far superior to the scheme of specializing particular 
interests from which Stale revenue is to be derived, as hanks, 
corporations and railways are to be excepted from the local as- 
sessment roll, it simply means that San Francisco, Los Angeles 
ami Oakland, where the vast majority of these interests are con- 
gregated, will be railed upon to paV the running expenses of the 
Slate, with 11 corresponding loss to their own assessmenl rolls. 
Residents of Del Norte, Plumas and Sierra Counties can enthu- 
siastically endorse the plan, but it is manifestly unjust in its 
application to the wealthier and more populous centers. It is not 
likidv that any change from existing methods will find favor with 
voters. However, sneli propositions have a disturbing influence 
in the business world, but the average law-maker doesn't care 
about that, so long as he wis his per diem and cut of patronage. 

This is the season when Nature awakens from her long 

winter sleep, and while California has no real winter, no long 
season when the earth is covered with a mantle of snow," it still 
has a season of dormant tree plant life when the trees shed their 
leaves and when some of its floral marvels take their annual rest 
season. This time is now passing, and now is beginning the 
planting season, to be followed by the germinating of all kinds 
of growing things. From the Fancher Creek Nurseries, situated 
at Fresno, eomes a. most beautiful and useful pamphlet. It is 
called "California Horticulture." and it is the most comprehen- 
sive "fruit Growers' Guide" published. It is an interesting 
volume, from cover to cover, and it has a full account of Sower 
culture, as well as fruits and vines, within ils pages. It tells 
how to care, prune and plant orchards and vlifeyards. The 
hook is adapted to California, which is more than can be said 
for any of the hooks of the same character published in the East 
\n\ one Interested in the orchard and garden should send for this 

The new home of the original Vienna Cafe and Bakery, 

:M 139 Ellis street, continues to gain in publii favor, and the se- 

crel of its SUCCeSS is not hard to find. Food and son ice ai this 

excelleni eating-place arc of the best, ooms are spacious, 

scrupulously (lean and airy. The popular prices thai prevail al 

breakfast, luncheon and dinner appeal to the i pie, for 

ihe besl of cuisines at a reasonable charge. The producti 
the bakeshop are regarded with high favor in every discriminat- 
ing household, and an old-fashioned home dinner is not complete 
without a Vienna Cafe pie. 

r"N" wise man." says Theodore shoots in a recent maga- 
zine article, "will put all I ' 'Tut all 
... -r. and watch thai basket," says Andrew 
Carnegie. On the whole. 1 am inclined to agree with Andrew. 

His method has produced the greatest results, though Mr. v 

i- also an illustrious example ol the opposite method of achieving 
financial sd 

— •— Mr. Zenas TJ. Dodge, formerly well known as an attorney 
in San Francisco, is now in New York, and it will undoubtedly 

us many friends and acquaintances to know of his a 
lie has opened a suite in the Singer building. 

We carry the very latent and most original 
styles in wall papers, curtains, draperies, tiles 
for mantels, etc. See our stencilled designs on 
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Self Cleaning Faft Filter will give you 

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American Filter Company 

813 Si. Clair Building. 16 California Street Phone Douglas 1155 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 9, 1909. 


Since last week, more information 
The Condensed Milk comes in of fair promisee and had 
Promoters Again. performances a< Eai as the pi o- 

tion of the canned milk business is 

concerned. Not only has the Detroit machinery and supplies - 

cern dotted the landscape of Washington with failures and quasi- 
failures, but it seems that the entire East lias evidence of the 
same crafty promotion work and disastrous operation. The 
scheme is the same everywhere. Tlic fanner is made, through 
fair promises, to draw chestnuts out of the lire for the promoters. 
who agree to take an enormous amount of slock off of the hands 
of the company. The companies are in nearly every instance 
overstocked, and the stock itself costs the promotion interests 
just what it costs to print the pretty gold embroidered papers 
with the embossed seals. The beginning is always the Bame; 
Things look successful from the start, and the agriculturist is. 
given a continuous market, in fair or foul weather, for his sur- 
plus production. Later on, the bug in'the rug comes out. and 
the machinery and supplies concern, having squeezed all there is 
in (lie fanner out of him. sells out its interesl and departs to 
newer pastures, and then the plant languishes and dies, it is 
ion had. too, because the idea is good, and seems to promise 
much, and it is because of had management and because of lack 
of judgment as io location and market that the failures occur. 
The trail of the condensed milk plant promoters may lie traced 
over the Eastern State- through the failures or partial failures 

scored by the Ratcliif • the Rodgers people in their promotions. 

These j pie are said to be headed toward California, and the 

fanner is cautioned not. to listen to the song of the lacteal siren 
lesr lie lie parted from shekels not earned with ease. We have 
before us the record of the Dr. Hand Condensed Milk Co., of 
Ubly, Michigan, ft was originally the Huron Condensed Milk 
Company. A receiver in bankruptcy was appointed in 1905. It 
is -od that this is one of the Detroit Rogers plants. Dr. Hand 

should be able to reveal many interesting things al t the Rod- 

gers concern. The American Condensed Milk Co.. of Jackson, 
Michigan, was a total loss to 'lie original stockholders. Settled 
with creditors for fifty cents on the dollar in 1 90.>. Wayne 
County Condensed Milk Co.: This company had a chei 
career. ( Iperated under various styles, and linallv gave a twelve 
thousand dollar real estate mortgage, and a judgment was se- 
cured against it Tor $1,867.49. Keystone Condensed "Milk Co., 

Cloudersport, Pa.: All kinds of troubles and judgments. Finally 

sold to Northern Condensed Milk Co.. of Philadelphia. Plant 
was mi the market, seeking a purchaser fo'r a long lime. Colo- 
rado c lensed Milk Company, Ft. Lupton, Colorado: This 

plant went through a long siege of troubles, including a refusal 
of the fanner- to deliver any more milk. Was reorganized and 

recapitalized, ami linallv sold out to the Mohawk Condensed 
Milk Co. Corry Condensed Milk Co., of Corry, Pa.: Owe- ahoul 
$20,000. This company is a Ratcliffe promotion, [t was finally, 
after having a lot of internal financial difficulties, sold to the 

Mohawk Co. Aroostook Condensed Milk Co., of Newport and 

Winlhrop. Maine: A Ratcliffe concern. Winthrop factory aban- 
doned; acquired by the Whitefield, Maim-, factory, and finally 

sold out at a total hiss to all concer I. except the original stock- 
holders, Ratcliffe and his friends, who were the only ones who 
received anything. Micks Condensed Milk Company, (iranville. 

X- Y.: Peal estate 'tgage of $100,000. Foreign attaclynenl 

of $4298.80 against I 

Ami so the list grows, and the names published di I by any 

means include all who have 1 n fleeced by these fair promisee 

ami had performance. 

Pi ,i < Iross Funds. 

Ill the laSi Week We have had a IV- 

ennli scence of the talk and whispers 

of fraud and peculal ion in 1 In Red 

CrOSS funds. These rumors originate DC knows where, and 

linallv reach the olliees of the newspapers. One newspaper has 
made comment Io the effect thai tlic "available" fund- of the 
local branch of tin 1 national institutions were not "available," 
and in fact if seemed Hint no one was able to locale I he treasure, 
as ii was al one nine reported in Washington and al another time 

some part of it was said to be in San Francisco. ft is more than 
probable that there is little or no truth in the charge that these 
funds have been side-tracked or misappropriated, but it is up 
to the officials, many of whom stand high in this community, to 

tell where every cent of the immense amount of m :y -cut to 

San Francisco during the days of the lire and afterward is 
located. This fund is a public fund, ft became a corporation 
fund by the arbitrary acts of the self-appointed custodians "I' the 
said fund, and the said custodians have been, as far as the dis- 
tribution of this fund was concerned, a law unto themselves in 
everything that concerned it. The day is past when a man may 
play the ostrich anil hide his head behind his personal dignity, 
and refuse to say whether the money is available or not. San 
Francisco wishes to give the surplus of the Red Cross Funds to 
the suffering people of Italy. San Francisco, a- the real owner 
of this money, has the right to demand of the finance committee 
an accounting of their trust to the most inlinitessimal piece of 
supplies and least fraction of a dollar. As we go in pre--, it is 
said that the National lied Cross has sent) on an "inspector" to 
make "an investigation" of the whole Red Cross management. 
It i- in he hoped that this investigation wall he thorough and 
-one in clear the Bed Cross Funds higher-ups of the whispered 
charges that are bruited against them. 

The suggestion of Governor Gilleti 

GOVERNOR GlLLETT. for an appropriation for good roads 

of eighteen million.- of dollars i- a 

good one. and the only fault we have to find with the Governor's 
ideas is that he does not go far enough. He should have made it 
a continuous dim] to cover an indefinite period of years with the 
same provisions as the New Fork law, which began by appropri- 
ating fifty-five millions of dollars. Governor Gilleti has hit upon 
i he eiie great State necessity, and his advocacy is made in no un- 
certain tone: 

"Starting from the north," be says, "a r 1 can be built 

through the great Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys i- 

necting with San Francisco, ami also crossing the mountains to 
Los Angeles. Prom that city roads can be str I io the 

cast and south, touching all important places, anil down the coasl 

to Sun Diego. Another road 'an starl from Los Angeles and 
pass along the north through the bay counties, traversing th< 
Salinas ami Santa Clara Valleys ami continuing north through 
tin' bay counties and along the northern coasl to the Oregon line. 
* * * To build such a sy-icm of roads will require the expendi- 
ture of about $18,000,000. This amount can be raised by a 
state bond issue, ami it can be so arranged thai the principal 

shall he paid by the State and the interest by the counties 
through which the highway passes." 

Honolulu i- becoming strenuous in 
\ Pool \\n ins Folly, these dins. \ni contenl with jusl 

concluding a political campaign, 
which for persona] recrimination and bitterness has never been 

surpassed, the Paradise of the Pacific is in a state nf unnecessary 
turmoil as to the ultimate disposition of the morally unclean. 
The Rev. P.. \V. Thwing is the figure round which the -lorui 

rages. That well meaning, but incredibly impractical gentleman 

i.i- -iicceeilcd in dosing most ol the resorts of 1 In- half-world, 
and scattered their inmates promiscuously throughout the city. 
In addition, the reformer has managed in secure the presence of 

Special Attorney Man- of Washington, D, ('., to investigate the 
actions of Districi Attorney Breckons. It is understood thai the 
local official is in tlic bad graces of the preacher for many rea- 
sons, aiming which it i- alleged the charge- that be smoke- file 

cigarettes ami appears in his shirt sleeves are prominent. The 
editor of the Pacific Weekly expresses the prevailing opinion of 

the outcome in slating that the minister will get the llarr! 
Karri — a bad pun, but justifiable. Anenl the disposition of the 
social evil, the leading Japanese paper, the Daily sbinpo. com- 
ments as follows: 

"The Japanese of Honolulu are entitled to speak plainly on 
the subject of Mr. Thwing's Iwilei campaign, because the} no 
the principal sufferers through In- misguided efforts. Conditions 
now in this city are worse, \a-il\ so, than they were a year ago. 
The inmate- of the city brothels have been drivet I of a dis- 
trict where ihe\ ci less in contact with those ma seeking them 

than they would if located any otic a- place in the city. They have 
been driven out only to locale themselves in other places. 

'"This is the condition Mr. Thwing has created, and the con- 

January 9, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


dition he leaves behind him as the result of months of silly agi- 
tation and senseless stirring up of an unsavory question. II 
roil 'ii ootoriety to him, his principal stock in trade, and some- 
thing in which he delights, bul ii has also broughl aboul a con- 
dition in Honolulu which il will lake years of hard work and wise 
efforl to oi ercome. 

"In our opinion it is just such fanatical, peripatetic and nar- 
row minded preachers as the Reverend Mr. Thwing who make 
trouble for their governments in the Orient, and do the cause 
they serve incalculable harm." 

The last paragraph of the editorial, coming from such a source, 
merits close attention from the American people. 

In closing, let it be understood that Honolulu is the most 
moral and law-abiding city under the American Hag. In lace 
of this assertion, which can easily be proven, what an inconceiv- 
able piece of folly it seems that an impractical visionary — en- 
dowed with a penchant for delving into actualities, usually ig- 
nored as much as possible — should be able to misrepresent condi- 
I inns obtaining there? 

Creditable Stand. 

Of all the bright and shining marks 
to be credited to the Roosevelt ad- 
ministration, the President's atti- 
tude ^n regard to the election of a 
United States Senator from Oregon is the must meritorious of 
his public career. Prior to the last general election, all parlies 
in the northern State came together on the proposition to submit 
the choice of Senatorship to the vote of the people, and the legis- 
lative candidates were pledged to vote for the Senatorial candi- 
date receiving the highest number of votes. To the consterna- 
tion of the self-appointed leading" Republicans, ex-Governor 
Chamberlin, one of the ablest men in the Stale, of which he had 
been chief executive, distanced his rival in the race for the toga 

by several thousand votes. He was a Democrat, and at the si 

election an overwhelming majority of Republicans were elected 
to the legislature. Then the black-jack partisans of "to the vic- 
tor belongs the spoils" stripe began to welch on their ante-eled 

pledge, and every pressure has been broughl to bear on the Re- 
publican members of tie legislature to repudiate their promise 
as to voting for the Senatorial candidal.' favored by the people. 

lii fact, an attempt was made to use Federal power to E the 

legislators of Oregon to support Fulton in spite of the preference 
exhibited al the polls for the Democrat, Chamberlin. At this 
juncture, President Roosevelt has stepped into the game, and 
has openly declared that a political pledge i- a- inviolable as thai 
given under ol her ei ivumslam eS, and lias taken up the cudgels in 

favor of Chamberlin's election to the United States Senate. While 
his action will not meet the approval of the practical politician, 
il finds favor with all patriotic Americans. The day has p 
when unfair, criminal and deceptive measures can be used to 
advance parij interests. There was a time when, in politics like 
in love and war. all methods were fair, bul during the pasl few 
years the people of tins country Save changed their idea- on 
such matters, and with the departure of ballot stuffing, rock-roll- 
ing, bribery and other corrupt methods, the political pool is 
gradually being clarified. The stand taken bj the Presidenl is 
another instance of where those who bave reallj the interests 
of the nation at heart prefer honeal methods to party supremacy. 
II is also an indication thai political bigotn and partisan zealots 
have no place in this era of improved conditions. 

The terrible suffragettes in England 
The si iii. m.i i appear to have engulfed the I. ■> 

i Chancellor in a verbal quagmire. 
Two women, graduates i Scottish university, who were nol 
allowed to - "i Parliament representing that 

university, appealed to the highest court- the H Lords. 

The Lord Chancellor dismissed the appeal, stating that under 
i Ian women are nol "persons," a person being an indi- 
vidual nol laboring under am legal incapacity. 

With feminine logic, the would-b Iced np the 

: the word "person" in the dictionaries, and found the 
"a living - 'tis being.'' 

Thus the matter stands, and the Lord C 

v witii the English language. Prom an Ameri- 
can poi the word person describes "a livh 

us being." the best examples ire — 

women. ■ 

By Barnett Franklin. 

San Francisco's Old Chinatown lias been wiped away, and the 
quaint, picturesque little city that was has been replaced by a 
new Chinatown as unlike its predecessor as it is possible to im- 
agine. The artistic colony that antedated the great disaster 
lias given way to an intensely commercialistic, ugly, modernized 
Chinatown, blazing with the While Devil's incandescent lights 
and hideous with Hie down-town, glazed-brick style of architec- 
ture. In "Pictures of Old Chinatown," a volume fresh from the 
presses of Moffatt, Yard & Co., Arnold Genthe, well known I'm 
his supremely artistic work in photography, gives us again the old 
colony as it existed before that eventful April of 1906. For a 
number of years previous to thai time Dr. Genthe had been al 
his task of recording the Celestial, depicting him as be lived iii 
the little city of his own by the Golden Gate, registering upon 
his films and plates the rare life of a rare community. 

In doing this. Dr. Genthe, unbeknown to himself, was becom- 
ing Chinatown's "official" recorder, and his eloquent picturing 
of that which has passed away is fraught with a great historical 
interest. The Chinatown thai we have to-day is an eminently 
more healthful affair than |l ne before the lire, but it is woe- 
fully far from being as artistic ami interesting, and many pictur- 
esque elements of the former life are gone unquestionably for- 
ever. This wonder city of yesteryear is what Dr. Genthi has 
given us. We are once more beholden to the stolid pipe-Lew I 

mender of the street, to the I'ekin 'Two Knife Man who used to 
play the mountebank in the public highway, In the "hop" fiend, 
to all the weird people ol that strang city that was the wonder of 
the tourist and the globe trotter. The children in rags and in 
brilliant finery, the marketman ami highbinder, the toy-vendor 
and aristocrat, are shown to as amid their environs of another 
day. The joss-house, with its streaming banners ami curious, 
benowered balconies, nncemented, unglazed, un-Americanized ; 
the dingj alle\ - : hs I t I < rime ; "The I 'e\ il's 

Kitchen" — all are seen again. 

What Dr. Genthe stands for in photography is generally 
known, and it I- o touch here upon tin- quality of the 

pictures, the charm of composition, and the unstilted unphol i- 
graphii naturalness thai pervades them all. Thi 

is admirable in every sense of the word. An illuminative texl 
n written by Will Irwin, formerly of San Fran isco, which 
as he says himself, is intended bul as "a frame for the pictures." 
It is handled in Irwin's happiest vein. Those that loved the 

I hiiialnwn of old for i beauty, its art, ami its eml- 

. will warn this book, once they have seen it. Il 
radiates the apiril if the 


'The peopli I < ii" mood for trillim.'. A mul- 

tiplicity of Anti-Pool Selling hill*, with the prospeel of a mul- 
tiplicity of anieiidmeii - -lalniv 
mite on thi Framed on the Hughes h». 

-oilmen! in 3 peni- 

tentiary of all ■■ ' 
and not far enough. It is more than probable mil up 

as an effigj to shoot amendments at and make inopern 
seeming : - 

and other measures that ma\ 1> offeri 
lo remind the legislators t: ' 

S tr l'hiis 

and the < 'tis meas 

A. W. Best Alice 

Best's Art School 

1828 Bush Street 

Life Cla 

Day and Night 




San Francisco News Letter 

January 9, 1909. 


A well known writer on insurance inquires: i- there danger ol 
the fire insurance policy taking on the curious "liberality" fea- 
tures of the personal accident contract? Some practices in ad- 
justment recently n vil with much flourish would indicate 

as much, though it may blow over with the firsl of the year. 
Much happens around about January 1st that would make angels 
weep during the dog days. Privileges are being discussed thai 
provoke acrimony and indirectly affed rates. One company 

hangs its banner on th t walls, announcing cash paymeni 

of losses without discount. Others, recovering from the shock, 
fall into step. No! to be outstripped in generosity, another « is 
reported to have shied its castor in the ring, promising to pay full 
face of policy, regardless of an\ previous partial loss thai maj 
have been paid under the policy. That i- to say, if a policy was 
originally issued for $5,000 and a partial loss of $1,000 sustained 
and paid, should another and tdtal loss oecur, the $1,000 already 
paid would not be subtracted, bul the entire $5,000 paid, thus 
giving to the insured $6,000 worth of protection for the price 
of $5,000. Sensational announcements were looked for from 
other quarters. I/'t us hope it will not be a box of parlor 
matches or a "can" for the purpose of accelerating the happy day 
of settlement. Just why Bensational methods should be sprung, 
a! ,-i time when the loss ratio i- so very high, eannoi he under- 
stood. Throughout the entire year there has been constanl com-? 
plaint of increased losses anil reduced revenue. Why. then, should 
the companies, already holding the hoi end of He- poker, "buck 
the line" in an efl'ort to make the burden heavier? "Consistency, 

thou art a jewel." 

* * * 

John W. McGhec. assistant secretary of the Walla Walla, has 
been appointed receiver for the company upon petition of the 
Hollow-Parker Company of Walla Walla, Wash., the largest 
stockholders in the company. This action was taken in forestall 
the receivership proceedings that were threatened by W. 11. 
Spencer and H. W. Oolson, former managers of die central de- 
partment, who hold claims against the Walla Walla aggregs - 
ing $10,000 which the company disputes. O. P. Conoway, sec- 
retary of the company, has been appointed receiver at Chicago. 
On December 24th, the business of tin- Walla Walla in Califor- 
nia. Idaho, Indiana. Kansas. Louisiana, Missouri. Nebraska, 
Oklahoma, Texas. Utah and Washington was resum id as of that 
date m the American Home of Seattle, the new company organ- 
ized tor the purpose of taking over the business of the Walla 

Walla. The Walla Walla was nol quite two years old. and was 

organized under the laws of Washington, with $300,000 capital 
and $100,000 surplus. It did business lasi year in twenty-three 
St .-. June 30th last the company reported assets of $497,306, 

with a net surplus of $85,667. The officers are t '. |\ . Hollo- 
way, president; O. P. Conoway, secretary, and O. ti. Parker, 
i reasurer. 

* * * 

Fire insurant tpanii - are complaining that Lloyds is writ- 
ing automobile insurance in Washington, on the strength of an 
opinion of the attorney general of that State to the effect thai 

companies operating a marine insurance business in the Slate 

can also write automobile policies, in Seattle al ■ Lloyds has 

written insurance on automobiles exceeding $1,000,000, upon 

which annual premiums are collected approximating $40,000. 

C missioner Schiveley promises to see what can be dune by the 

next legislature. 

The committee appointed last year by Governor Cilleit to pre- 
pare a standard form fire insurance policy for use l.\ companies 
writing business in the State of California, met at San Fran- 
cisco last week, and after a discussion practically decided to take 
the New York form as a standard. It is expected thai a final 

meeting will be held this week, when the work of the CO] it tec 

will be cample ted. 

* * * 

The committee consists of right members, the State insurance 
commissioner being chairman. P.esirles Mr. Wolf, tlnre r- Judge 
Cutler, representing Governor Grillett; Percy T. Morgan, the 
banking interests; Joseph Kirk, Board of Trade: Wm. J. Dui- 

ton. president Fireman's Fund Insurance Company: F. W. Vail 
Sicklen, Chamber of Commerce: Allen Wright, Merchants' Asso- 
ciation, and K. R. Lilienthal, Merchants' Exchange. 

* * * 

The annual meeting and banquet of the Fire Underwriters' 
Association of the Pacific next week promises to be well attended. 
Already more than two hundred have accepted invitations to the 
banquet to be given at the St. Francis. The special agents of 
the Northwest have arranged to attend in a body, a special car 
leaving Portland on the 8th. Among this party will he J. II. 
Schiveley, insurance commissioner-elect of Washington; Sam 
Nichols, Secretary of State, and Lee McKenzie, surveyor of the 

Washington Insurance Association of Seattle. 

* * * 

At a meeting of the stockholders of the Metropolitan Surety 
Company of New York, this week, it was resolved to reinsure 
the business of the company and to wind up its affairs. — The 
lire loss at the burning of the Occidental Hotel, Los Angeles, 
last week, amounted to $s0,000,— W. D. Church, Seattle mana- 
ger el' the Walla Walla Fire, has resigned to go into the local 
agency business at Walla Walla. — Macdonald & Miles have had 
Colorado and Wyoming added i" 'he territory controlled by them 

for the Westchester Fire Insurance Company. The Fireman's 

Fund Insurance Compani reimbursed their friends during the 
holidays with handsome silver knives. — Manager Ilardnut has 
given up tlie agencj of the Continental Life Insurance and [n- 

> - ni Company, of Salt Lake, to go with the Columbian 

Mutual Life under Manager Bohm. — There i- strong probability 
that the handsome property of t lie Mutual Life Insurance Com- 
panv cornering on Sansome and California streets, will he sub- 

-l.iul iallj improved this year. 




fireman's Fund Insurance Company 

Capital, $1,600,000 

Assets, $6,000,000 

California and Sansome Streets 
San Francisco. California 

CaBh Capital, $200,000 

Cash Assets. $581.377. 3i< 

Pacific Coast Casualty Company 


Employers' Liability. General Liability. Teams, Elevators, Workmen's 
Collective. Vessels. Burglary. Plate Glass Insurance. 

Officers — Edmund F. Green. President: John C. Coleman. Vice-Presi- 
dent: F. A. Zane. Secretary: Ant. Borel & Co., Treasurers: F. P, Deerlng. 

hlrectors — A. Borel. H. E. Bothln, Edward L. Brayton. John C. Cole 
man. F. P. Deerlng, E. F. Green. James K. Moffltt, Henry Rosenfeld. 
Adolph A. Son. William S. Tevls. 

Head Office — Merchants' Exchange Building. San Francisco. Marsha' 
A. Frank Company, General Agents for California. Kohl Building, San 

The Connecticut Fire Insurance Company 

Of Hartford. Established 1850. 

Capital $1,000,000.00 

Total Assets 6,721.433.00 

Surplus to Policyholders 


British and Foreign Marine Insurance Co. Ltd. 

Of Liverpool. 





320 SANSOME Street. 


The Weft Coaft Life Insurance Co. 

San Francisco, Cal. 

A strong, well managed institution; organized under the rigid insurance 
laws of California. Its policy forms are clear and explicit and define and 
guard the Interests of policy-holders as do those of no other company. 
Ask any apent. or write the company for sample of policy forms 

The Home Insurance Company, New York 

Organized 1S53. Cash Capital, J3.000.000 

Insurance on personal effects of tourists and temporary sojourners 
anywhere In United States, Canada and Mexico. Insurance against loss 
by Are, lightning, wind storm or tornado. Indemnity for loss of rental 
Income by fire or lightning. 

H. L. ROFF, General Agent. J. J. SHEAHAN, Ass't General Agent. 
38 Sutter St., San Francisco, Cal. 

.1 \\l \HY 9, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 



Oakland, Jan. 5. '00. 
To the Editor of the San Frartt mi o Veu>s Letter: 

Willi tin- New fear c is the revival of the questi F ex- 
tending the municipal limits of San Francisco by absorbing the 
Bay Cities and certain other territory lying somewhal inland. 
Perhaps nothing tangible, certainly nothing conclusive, is likely 
to I"' reached this yen-, but that such merging of municipal, 
political and business interests will sooner or later be accom- 
plished is, I think, inevitable. The history of every modern city 
is. that its growth came of territorial expansion, and by the ab- 
sorption of outlying villages and towns, and in many instances of 
cities as well. Centers of merchantable commodity accumulation 
and distribution are bound to expand in ratio to the increase in 
-ihI and industrial production, and when such centers fail to 
keep pace with the speed of the growth of the demand for addi- 
tional facilities For rapid transit and conveniences for accumu- 
lating and despatching products of commercial exchange, they 
go into decay. Great as San Francisco is. and loeateel as she is 
in the world's most important currents of trade and traffic, she 
is not now nor will she ever he, great or strong enough to ignore 
or resist the natural laws of merchandise collection and distribu- 
tion. Nature has done much for Kan Francisco; besides, her ar- 
tificial or man-made means of transportation grow and reach out 
to the sources of production on the one side and to the demand of 
consumption on the other. 

Naturally, perhaps, the Bay cities would be prone to think 
that in any event they will always participate in San Francisco's 
wealth and commerce expansion to the same extent that they 
would if a political part of the great city, but the history of the 
modern trade and financial center does not justify any such con- 
clusion. On the contrary, as the central point increases in 
financial importance, its suburban towns and villages lose their 
identity in the world of commerce, and that. too. at the expense 
of their own business interests. For instance, Oakland could 
never hope to become a great industrial center, but as a part of 
political and commercial San Francisco she would participate in 
and profit by such union, for she would be as much of (lie one 
great trade and financial center as the great center was in and of 
itself. That is to say, Oakland would then he in San Francisco, 
and San Francisco in Oakland, and the same would be line of 
every outlying community joining the federation. Considered, 
il erefore, from the view-point of what is hest for the Baj cities, 
I here is no douM at all that not only they, as independent munici- 
palities, would gain largely in a commercial and financial way, 
as w I'll as would San Francisco, by the consolidation proposed. 
Tt is certainly true thai as San Francisco -'rows and expands in 
numerical strength and commercial importance will lie Bay 
cities, as such, dwarf ah their force of character and individual- 
ity. The little fish always crowd elose In the shore line in shallow 
water when the leviathan asserts itself. 

Hut there is another aspect, yes, two aspects, of this question 

thai are of vasl importance to San Francisco directly and to the 
Bay cities indirectly. San Francisco is directlj interested in the 
very real and ever-preseni fact that the payrolls of wage-earners 
in San Francisco who have their home; beyond the citj limits 
aggregates all of if noi more, than $500,000 per working day, 
and that when thev go to their homes beyond limits. 

they lake those $500,000 with them. The money i- earned in 
San Francisco, hut il is nol -pen. ha) is. not a very large 

per cent of il. There are iboui L00,000 commuters, mosl of whom 
are of this ela<s. Their income does not appear in the 
volume of business, ind o that extent the trade and tra 
the city is deprived of its legitimate due. If the Bai 
mm rged into the city proper, these $500,000 per day would show 
ii Sin Francisco's volume of business transactions. The other 
aspeei of the situation is purely political. Tt is considered that 
are generally industrious and iizens. 

and would he found battling for a good and honest municipal 
iiment. Were they voters in San Francisco, there would be 
ir no danger of grafters or other brands i 
lie officials. I find very many suburbanites who are opp • 
the federation of ihe Bay 'tie- and San 
would heartily support a plan that p allowing 

urban voter to moke his bus - anciseo his 

residence, so that he could participate ty elections, and 

vote I'm- public officers where his business interests he. If t 

were done, the business and wholesale districts of San Fr 

would not he left lo ihe transienl lodging house voter, who at 
present lime elect Stale Senators and Assemblymen as iliree 
o i fie "boss" politician. 

I make these observations because I believe them to he 
lies! solution of the Greater San Francisco problem. All 
iinsiness interests are in San Francisco, but my home, u] 
which I have expended large sums of money, is located "aci 
Ihe hay," and. personally, I have no desire to be merged or f 
crated with San Francisco. 

(Signed) OAKLAND 








William Wolff X Co. have issued "in- of the prettiest cal- 
endars "f the 'ear. and one which 

e nents all over the city. It represents three i autiful 

i oung » omen' ■ fai es trough a piece of 

tapestrj or wall paper. Th -apposed to he an invil 

by "Three Jolly Widows." i- "Have a Smile with u<." 

in lake vour choice. One 

is ' brunette, th B blonde, ami the third has the most 

beautiful Titianesque hair you have ever seen. No one 

:nls could possibly resist tin- invitation. The calendar is 
from a painting . and is In full color litho- 

graphy. These calendars ire in gnat demand. 

With the passing of the rain-, ihe automobilist again 

bis weather eve to I' unirv. II.- casts about for ■ 

short spin, and d 111 Marin County off 

lent. In making • moved mostly hy the 

let that the lintel Rafael, at San Rafael, offers many advan- 
i i'it of the ear in the man nces ai the 

• sino and I proper. 

dee this. Hi >d. and the menu at the Hotel 

is only excelled by the service, and this is rarely even ap- 
proached in the hest hotels in the d 
r< dly a revelation, and. by 'he w 
iner thi rong amnne; the San 

to'.! that more than one enthusiastic famih 

e summer's stay at this delightful ! - 
ginning early wil - but then, mar shed to 

making their reservation?. 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 9, 1909. 


T. M. Gil re. President of the National Model License 

League, has issued a statement in connection with the 
i ooperrCarmaek tragedy at Nashville. Mr. Gilmore 
charges that the Anti-Saloon League is morally responsible 
for the death of the distinguished Tennesseean. 

His political career wrecked, his mind inflamed beyond reason, 
his heart hardened toward his fellowman, and. finally, his life- 
blood spilled, Edward W. Carmack is veritably a victim of the 
Anti-Saloon League. 

The tragic close of the careei of Edward Ward Carmack. Eore- 

mosl i ng Tennessee's most brilliant sons, is being ghoulishly 

used as a means of promoting the political and mercenary pro- 
jects of a pseudo moral organization tli.u is in the sight of 
God and thinking men an accessory before the fact. 

The blight of the Anti-Saloon League is over the land. Phari- 
saism and hypocrisy, parading in the garb of Christianity, are 
leading tin- way to a goal that mcansjiie destruction of the politi- 
cal fortunes of able men. the corruption of our public service, the 
lowering of public morals, the creaik E blood-feuds, the con- 
fiscation of private property ami a system of intolerance and a 
loss of liberty. 

There is an imperative "all for a halt and a parley. The Anti- 
Saloon League, scorning a scattered and ill-directed opposition, 
has been accustomed to put the lash to legislators with one hand 
anil to garner the shekels from the churches with the other. That 
time is passing. 

The Anti-Saloon League to-day is a discredited organization. 
It is not and neve has been a reform organization. That its 
promoters are shrewd men there is no desire to question, but 
shrewdness in behalf of fallacy cannot long prevail against com- 
mon sense exercised in behalf of truth. 

In Missouri, the mighty Foil; has fallen. He was assured by 
the Anti-Saloon League that it controlled a Bufficient number of 
votes to elect him by an overwhelming majority. 

In Ohio, Governor Harris has been defeated for re-election be- 
cause he accepted as true the false representations of the Anti- 
Saloon League that it could elect him. Taft received a hand- 
Mime plurality, but Harris, Republican, went down in defeat. 

In Kentucky, the Anti-Saloon League promised .T. C. W. 
Beckham, Democrat, former Governor of the State, a scat in 
the United States Senate to succeed Senator McCreary, who was 
••marked" by the moneyed interests represented by the Anti- 
Saloon League. Mr. Beckham is now practicing law, and a Re- 
publican will wear the Senatorial toga. 

In Indiana, the Anti-Saloon League endorsed Watson. Repub- 
lican, and Watson endorsed the Anti-Saloon League, it being rep- 
resented to him that by advocating prohibition he could win 
down. Indiana elected Thomas R. Marshall, Democrat. 
Governor, though it gave a majority to Taft. 

In Florida. Michigan, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Pennsylvania 
and South Dakota, the Anti-Saloon League has met with humil- 
iating defeats, while in poor old .Maine there is a determination 
to break away from a system under which an alliance between 
the boot-leggers and a vena! political machine has been able to 
perpetuate a prohibition that never has prohibited. 

In Tennessee. "Ned" Carmack listened to the siren voice of 
(he deceiver. He was led to believe thai t lure was an overwhelm- 
ing sentiment in the State in favor of prohibition. Tic entered 
the lists as the champion of the cause of State-wide prohibition. 
Vigorously, fearlessly, ably, he fought, but he had been misled. 

The people of Tennessee did not want State-wide prohibition, 
and they said so in unmistakable .terms in the balloting at the 
primary which resulted in Carmaek's defeat by Patterson for 
the Gubernatorial nomination. The distinguished statesman hail 
been eDtieed to political destruction, bis hopes for success being 
heightened throughout by the potent drugs of flattery and prom- 
ises beyond the possibility of fulfillment. The sting of defeat, 
all the deeper because of its unexpectedness, rankled in the heart 
of the proud Tennesseean. 

Senator Carmack became embittered, and, instead of placing 
the blame with the organization that had fired his ambition and 
assured him of a success that could not be his, he adopted a 
course of personal journalism, writing editorials insulting to 
every man who had voted or worked for the victor. That Sena- 
tor Carmack knew thai his course was dangerous is shown hy the 
fact that he armed himself with a deadly weapon. That he con- 
d his attacks on Colonel Cooper, a private citizen of char- 
acter and courage, after being asked to refrain, shows the reck- 
lessness of a man driven to desperation by disappointment. 


The holiday Overland is now upon the news-stands, ami offers 
between its covers the usual store of good things. From the ad- 
mirable cover design, an [ndian maid by Pierre Beringer, to 
the hook reviews, an assortment of reading will be found that 
will appeal to every one in the family circle. The first paper is a 
discussion of that much-mooted public question, "Woman Suf- 
frage," which is handled by M. Drier Kidder in his characteristic 
epigrammatic style. The second of the series of articles on the 
stage, termed "A Vrw First Aids to Disillusion in the Theatre," 
is contributed in caustic, snappy fashion by Barnett Franklin, the 
well-known dramatic critic. There are several artistic studies 
in photography of stage beauties by Arnold Genthe, the eminent 
photographer, accompanying this article, that will appeal to 
milady. Henry Meade Bland has an intimate ami interesting 
story of "Literary Monterey." ami George Amos Miller enters the 
Overland forum with a forceful, virile arraignment of Christian 

Science. "Road Making in the Philippines" is the title of a verj 
readable paper thai has particular timeliness. The workings of 
••The United State- Patent Office" are also set forth entertain- 
ingly. Mai-Juno Driscoll has a story of Arizona, called "Gunga 

Din," that is full of atmosphere and excitement. "The Liq 

Problem." by T. M. Gilmore. is another timely article. ''The 
Poller Poot Valley," "Missoula, Montana." and "Humboldt 
i ounty," are the subjects of exhaustive ami illuminating dis- 
courses on interesting sections of the country. Poetry of a high 
stamp is contributed by Aloysius ( loll, Myrtle Conger, and others. 
"God's Plaint." by Joseph Noel, is a forceful, stirring piece of 
> i -e. with much of the Kiplingesque spirit. The Overland, in 
the January number, well sustains its standing as the liest maga- 
zine of the West. 

Mine's the San Franciscan knows what champagne looks 

ami tastes like, the lizz-water that has made a province in Prance 
famous, hut there are exceedingly few of them that know any- 
thing of the history and origin of the "drink of kings." Cham- 
pagne is actually of comparatively recent origin, ami. like a fam- 
oii- cordial, we are indebted to a religious order for its discov- 
ery. For if was pi, hi Ruynart ami Dom Perignon, two brothers 
oi the Benedictine Order, who, towards the end of the seven- 
teenth century, discovered the secret el' 1 1 1 . ■ ••mousse" or sparkle 
which, produced by natural means, differentiates the champagne 

from the still wine. A little previously they had found that 
by "marrying" the grapes of one vineyard with those of another 
they were able to produce a white wine from the blackest grapes 
without having the resulting product of the wine-press of too 
yellow a color. The two brothers lost no time in giving the wine 
drinkers of their province the results of their experiments, ami 
the sparkling, effervescent wine of champagne became verj 
popular. The good old monks kept the secret of the method of 
champagne manufacture, however, ami not until shortly before 
his death did Dom Ruynart confide the proper method of making 
the right kind of sparkling wine to his nephew. Nicolas Ruinart. 
who, in 1729, at Pheims. founded the house of Ruinart, tin first 
house to make champagne for the public market. This house 
has been presided over since then and up to the present time by 
the Puinarts from father to son. At present the head is Andre 

de Ruinart, Vicomte de Brimont. since the first importation of 

Ruinart wine info the United Stales it has I n the favorite 

iiie of societ] and the clubs. Epicures and connoisseurs uni- 
versally attest its supremacy, and at the World's Fair, of Chi- 
cago, Ruinart "Brut" was given the highest award. 

1 1 ne o I (lie firsi ami probably i»-st thine- the San Francisco 

Motor Club has done is the offer of $100 for the arrest ami con- 
viction of the driver who ran over the news-bbj on New Year's 
morning. Too strong action cannot !»• taken by the officials of 
the chili to assure the public that they are not in favor, and do 
nol approve of fast ami reckless driving, and by offering their 
assistance to the police in running down ami punishing offenders 

of ill. laWj the officers of the club have set a good example ami 
a worthy rule to follow. 

January 9, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 



• * if 

With tlic beginning of the new year, the competition has al- 
ready started for the San Francisco to Del Monte record, the 
trophy for which was donated by the Chanslor Lyon Supply Co. 
The first to establish a mark and have his name inscribed on the 
cup is H. L. Harvey, the well known demonstrating driver of 
the Thomas B. Jeffery Company, who made the round trip in a 
forty horse-power Rambler runabout in fifteen hours and thirty 

'the time is unusually fast, considering the condition of the 
roads between (his city and Salinas. Harvey encountered noth- 
ing but muddy roads, at places so deep that the wheels of the car 
sank up to the hubs. This was especially so on the stretch of 
road between this city and San Mateo. The famous San Juan 
grade was also in bad condition, and it was only by clever driving 
that Harvey negotiated with speed and safety. In passing 
through Salinas, Harvey, who had taken the weed chain from 
the wheels of the ear, skidded into a delivery wagon and nearly 
caused an ending of the race on account of the smashing of the 
rear end of the wagon. The car, lucidly, escaped injury, and 
the intrepid driver continued to Del Monte. 

After an eight minutes's rest at the Hotel, Harvey and his 
assistants started on the return journey for the city, coming at 
full speed through the Salinas Valley, and reaching San Jose' 
before 5 p. m. Between the Garden City and San Mateo, the 
rear axle of the car gave way to the unusual amount of hard 
knocking of the journey, and the delay of several hours in replac- 
ing the axle brought the racers into this city after eleven p. in. 
But for this accident, the time would have been around the ten 
hour mark. 

A number of other automobile enthusiasts of this city are mak- 
ing preparations for lowering the mark set by Harvey, and the 
competition promises to be exciting during the coming season. 

Undoubtedly the greatest exhibition of motor cars ever seen 
in this city was the parade on New Year's evening, when over one 
thousand motor cars of all descriptions honked their way down 
Market street from Van Ness avenue in the ferry, then to Gear}', 
Post and in front of the St. Francis Hotel, where the Judges, 
John Hamniersniilh. Samuel Buckhee ami Seth Mann reviewed 
the contestants for the best decorated car. Of the hundreds of 
decorated cars, the Woods electric was awarded the prize for be- 
ing the best decorated. Fernando Nelson, with Ins White; Mi-. 
Frederick I. in/, with a Maxwell runabout, and Charles Howard 
with a Buiekj were also among the contenders for the decorated 
prize ear. 

That the automobile parade was the main feature of the 
bration was admitted by the thousands ol spectators, and the 
committee of down-town men deserve creditfor the way in which 
the details of the long procession was handled. Not an a 
marred the operations of the hundreds of cars, running as they 
did on low speed, with sudden stops and starts, which required 
the attention of he cleverest drivers to avi i lision. The 

was onrj another demonstration of the efficiency of the 
a era motor i n 

C. M. Murray, formerly of the Howard Automobile Company. 
has taken the Fresno agency for the Tourist, and will lea 
city this month for the nc« territory. Murray is one oi 
known automobile men in the state, having driven the famous 
Win!,' Streak in mo recent track meets in the 


* * * 

.1. W. l.eavitt will move info the new quarters Golden 

Gate and Hyde, this month. The new home of the Stoddard- 
Dayton and Reo machine will be one of the best equipped and 

The new models of these ma, I 
riving in carload 

* * * 

Cliff i. of the Diamond Rubbei 

York show, and u 
home office of the Diamond Tire Compare \ Ohio. The 

i rip will cover a limit one month. A number of other local an,,, 
mobile in, m am expected to visit the \oi York Show, where the 
models all of the ne\< cars, most of which arc now repre 
sented here, w ill be en exhibition. 

* * * 

Among the latest arrivals along automobile row is the Oakland, 
1 he sa in | ile ear id' which has just been received h\ S. G. ' '!ia pman. 

formerly of the Consolidated Motor Car Company. The line 
consists of a two and four-cylinder ear, made in runaboul ami 
louring car bodies, with twenty and forty horse-power respec- 
tively. The two-cylinder car has the vertically opposed cylinders 
with the motor under the hood, the same as the best of the four 
cylinder cars. Manufactured by A. P. Brush, the Oakland repre- 
sents the highest pari of the modern motor car designs, and with 
the local representation by the well-known agent, the machine 
should become an important factor in the local automobile trade. 
Two shipments, including a complete line of the Oakland cars. 
cis just been received by Chapman. 

* * * • 

Over six thousand miles, most of which was at racing speed 
mi one set of tires, is a record to be proud of. The Rambler 
roadster driven by Mr. Harvey, which twice broke the round trip 
record between Los Angeles and San Diego, raced on several 
occasions between this city and Los Angeles, was equipped with 
the one set of Diamond tires and Marsh rims which made the 
above mileage. The tires to-day have hardly a blemish, and gave 
ncrl'ccl satisfaction throughout. 

The luxury of the White Steamer is unequaled by any other 
machine. There is no car, however expensive, which has better 
upholstery, better springs or better finish. Owing In the com- 
pactness of the mechanism, the body is much more commodious 
than in any ear of similar wheel base ( 122 inches.) Few other 
makes have such a liberal lire equipment (36x4 on the front 
\\ I Is anil 36x5 on the rear wheels.) 'the luxury of an\ car. 

however, depends largely upon its riding qualities, ami here the 
White is "in a class by itself." It is the only car where starting 
and changes of speed can I Heeled without jerks or jolts. 


Specify MORGAN & 
WRIGHT Tires on 
your 1909 car and 
avoid Trouble! 

Wein&ock Nichols Co. 

600 Turk Street, San Francisco, Cal. 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 9, 1909. 

"The sale of self-propelled commercial vehicles depends largely 
upon the road conditions of the State," says A. C. Downing, elec- 
trical sales engineer for the Studebaker Bros. Company ol < ah- 
fornia. "For instance, if the farmei had hard roads over which 
lo transport his produce, lie could effect a saving of from 15 per 
cenl to 75 per cent of the cosl of transportation per ten-mile. 
Noi only would a betterment of the roads effeel a saving in the 
transportation expenses, but, with the use of self-propelled com- 
mercial vehicles, transportation would become much more prac- 
tical, h ], ; ,s been the experience of the transfer companies of 
the differed! cities thai the pulling in railroad yards and on 
roads leading up to warehouses has been much heavier than other 
city work. 

•'II is hardly necessary to comment upon the effect of such 
roads on both the horses" and the vehicles as some of the cobble 
stone streets in this city, especially in the down-town business 
district. Of course, there are a number of streets of the square 
surfaced cobble stones, but there are also many equipped with 
the round cobble stones. Any one ran appreciate the meaning of 
the* wear and tear of such driveways." 
* * * 
"'The automobile immaculate' is purely an idealization, says 

Chester \. Weaver, manager of the Studebaker Bros, C piny 

of California to one of his correspondents who has made the sug- 
gestion that the example of Philadelphia and Chicago be fol- 
lowed by decreeing against ill-appearing and otherwise offensive 
gasoline cars in (lie public parks and on the boulevards. 

"II ma\ be possible for the authorities to enforce an ordinance 
keeping drivers of machines which drip oil, and which emit 
offensive exhaust out of the parks and off the boulevards, bul 1 
do Dot believe it would be constitutional Eor a civic body to de- 
cree that a poorly groomed machine must not appear in the pub- 
lic paries or on the public boulevards. If a man has not sufficient 
pride in the appearance of Ids machine to say that he cannot 
drive it in certain places, is. in my opinion, equivalent to saving 
that a man must not appear on the public streets unless he is 
clean shaven or unless his clothes are made according to the 

latest fashion." 

* * * 

The Southern Pacific Company purchased a Studebaker "30" 
from the local branch of the Studebaker Bros. Company of Cali- 
fornia last Monday, to be used by the Kern Oil and 'trading 
Company of Southern California in and around McKittrick. 
The machine which is to he driven by M. E. Lombardi, will be 
taken overland to the district in which il is to lie used. 

:j: $ * 

Mr. IT. S. Doming of Santa Cruz has taken delivery from Cuy- 
ler Lee of his Packard "18" louring car. Mr. Doming is an en- 
thusiastic motorist, driving his own car the greater part of the 
nine, and anticipates a greal deal of pleasure with his Packard 
during the coming season. 

* * * 

The 1909 Pullman automobiles have now arrived, and the 
beautiful lines, on which they are built, is creating the admii'a- of all who have -cen them, 'the Frank ( ). Renstrom Com- 
pany, who arc the agents lor this machine, are receiving orders 
and inquiries daily. 

As the Austrian Emperor has recently given his sanction, the 
Austrian motor liability law was put into force November 1st. 
This measure will have a grave bearing on the home industry. 

The Peer of All! 



Bass-Hueter Co. 

816 Mission Street Distributors 

Adapted to Every Machine 

"Friction Costs More Than Lubrication" 

Peerless Cars 

All that the name implies. 



Salesrooms and Garage: 

N.W. corner Van Ness and 

Golden Gate Avenues. 

The finest livery 


service in the "West;. 

Ring up FRANKLIN 1535 

Also Agents for 


Apperson Car 





Are the assets of the Oldsmobile, the car 
that has no weak point. 

Chalmers Detroit 1909 Thomas 

Immediate Delivery 

Price $2900 San Francisco 


90 1 Golden Gate Ave. 

.1 \srm 9: 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

The automobile 9hovi seaaon has begun with the show a) Akron, 
Ohio, which, if ii can be taken as indicative of the future, is the 

erunncr oi a prosperous season in the handling of motor ears. 
Despite bad weather, man} people gathered at the show bead- 
quarters in East Buchtel avenue, ami the results in the form* of 
sales exceeded expectations. A score of models was shown. A. I ). 
Caldwell, traveling representative of the Franklin Company in 
tlir Middle West, after attending the show, went mi from Akron 
to the Franklin factory in Syracuse mi business. Of the exhibi- 
tion he said: "It was a fine show, ami the feature of it was the 
Franklin "(;" runabout. This received more favorable comments 
than any car shown b] any exhibitor. It looks like a big season, 
according t<> the indications at Akron." 

A despatch from Paris says that simplification was the key- 
note of tin' eleventh animal Paris salon. It is with a view to such 
simplification, it is stated, that low tension ignition has been 
abandoned by all the large European constructors who, up to tin: 
present, have been its strong auvocates. This change In high 
tension ignition is made Tor the convenience of the ordinary user, 
who. rather than the expert, profits by it. Sixty-six motor ears 
were shown at Paris, am] all but twelve of these hail the high 
tension system. In America the Franklin is the pioneer in this 
direction, ami many United Slates manufacturers are slow In 
follow in the footsteps nl' their European contemporaries. 

A total ol' nearly three hundred different displays, in exacl fig- 
ures just '.".i I, is shown by the official list of exhibitors issued ol' 
the ninth national automobile show, to In' held in Madison Square 
Garden, January 16-23. This is about two score more than at 
any previous show, ami to accommodate them every available 
foot of floor spaee in the Garden has been utilized. 

As in previous years, this show, under the auspices of the Asso- 
ciation of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers, has been depart- 
mentized, so that visitors may find more readily those things 
which most interest them, 'the standard makes of licensed ears 
will be mostly on the main floor, of course, but there will he ear 

exhibits also on the elevated platform overhanging the main floor 
in (he cafe off the Madison avenue entrance, anil in the basement. 
'the electric vehicles will he grouped in the cafe, or "exhibition 
ball." as it is called, and the commercial vehicles in the basement. 
There will he forty-seven exhibits of complete cars, besides 221 
exhibits of accessories and parts ami twenty-sis motorcycle ex- 
hibits. The motor-cycle exhibit will lie the lirst complete one 
[■via 1 shown, being several I irnea larger than at any pre\ ions show, 
ami suggesting impressively the advance that has been made in 

this branch of motor vehicle travel. 

* * * 

All the gears ami shafts of the Franklin transmission are made 
of .".'._, per cent nickel steel specially treated to increase iis 
strength and wearing qualities. The shafts revolve upon hall 
bearings. Simplicity ami compactness are the attributes aimed 
at in the construction ol' the Franklin transmission. That for 
the forty-two ami twenty-eight horso-power motor cars is of a 
selective type ami that for the eighteen horse-power i lei i- of 

a progressive tv pe. 

* * * 

Indicative of a largely im reased automobile business, pro 
the greatest ever known, is the iari thai al the factory of ihe II. 
II. Franklin Manufacturing Company im Syracuse, V V.. the 

number of specifications received to dale for 1909 n ir cars 

is more than double the number received for (901 models up i" 
the same date I ago. This year's figure cxcei Is b) 180 

per cent the 190' figure, although 1901 was the biggest year the 
indusl rv has know n. 


Touring- Cars 


Walter C. Morris 
640 Van Ness Ave. 

Tel. Franklin 8777 San Francisco 

Osen & Hunter 
Auto Co. Jffi 




In response to a demand for a larger and roomier car than 
our 20 H. P.. 4 Cylinder. Model "R". and more moderate in 
price than our Light Six. we have produced the Model "X". 
This car represents the most advanced ideas in automobile 

Pacific Motor Car Company 

376-380 Golden Gate Avenue 
Oakland Branch: 1308-10 Franklin Street 

Manufactured by Slevrns-Duryta Company. Chicopc* Fatts. Mass. 1 S. A. 

"Member* *u --■! lulrn I ija M»n jfmrtar.rt " 


San Francisco News Lett 


January 9, 1909. 

Philosophy of Driving a Bolt Home. 

Wlim a bolt on which a nut is to be screwed sticks before it is 
fully introduced in its place, do not attempt to force it home by 
tightening on the nut. Drive on the bolt head with a hammer 
while the nut is being tightened, and strain <>n the bolt will be 
avoided. It is an excellent plan in many places to apply a paste 
of -ivase and graphite to the bolt threads before screwing on 
the mil. This makes Hie end easy to turn and gives protection 
against rust. 

In the cylinders "1 the Franklin engine air-cooling is accom- 
plished largely through the medium of the auxiliary exhaust, 
through which immediately al the completion of the poweT stroke 
i- discharged seventy-one per cent of tin/ burned gases. The re- 
mainder of the dead discharge lias an opportunity lo so expand 
and cool that as it passes oui through the main exhaust ?alve ii 

will lint burn one's hand. 

Tin' main exhausl valve and the intake valve are concentric al 
the' apex of the dome of the cylinder, the former being in the 
center. The concentric arrangement makes possible the use of 
large valves, providing a large chargi and increasing the work 

■ d' the engine. The dome shape of (lie head accelerates II mpty- 

ing and filling of the chamber, there being no corner to retain 
1 1 ii ■ gases. It reduces the inner surface withoul lessening the 
heal radial ing exterior. 

* * * 

Southern California is looking forward to the establishment of 

an annual automobile contest that shall he for the West what the 

V lerbilt cup race and the Savannah race are to the East, and 

Los Angeles already has two courses which ils citizens declare 

available, (hie lies lo Ibe southeast of the city, and is about 
thirty miles in length, so thai ten laps would make a distance 
ahoni equal to that of the Savannah contest. The other route 
proposed is of about the same length, and it lies on the opposite 
side of the city. 

All through the southern end of California automobile enthu- 
siasts have been breaking records during all of the past season. 
The seasop began with the first 100-mile even! ever held on the 
Pacific Coast, which was won by lialph Hamlin in a six-cylinder 
Franklin. This was within twenty-four hours of his winning the 
hotly contested Los Angeles fifty-mile derby. 

The "New 30" shaft driven car having 
the Durability and the Reliability of the 
"20" chain driven car, will eclipse if possi- 
ble the triumphs of all former models. 

The Greenland Co. Inc. 

Phone Market 1398 
Valencia -near 14th San Francisco 

OU can't put a 
spring on an 
and get results unless 
you put a light car on 
top of the springs. The 
Franklin factory builds 
a light car — they use full 
elliptic springs and 
wood sills — they get re- 
sults. The easiest riding, 
the most flexible car 
built, is the Franklin. 

Consolidated Motor Car Company 

402-6 Golden Gate Ave. 

Phone Franklin 3910 

TK. B A D 


What stronger proof could there be of Ajax 
Material and Workmanship? 

Write for copy of guarantee, stating what size tire you are using. 
Address Dept. W 

Ajax-Grieb Rubber Co. 

General Offices: 

N. E. Cop. 57th St. and Broadway, New York City. 

Factories: Trenton, N. J. 

New York, 1776 Broadway. Denver. 1529 Cleveland Place 

Boston, S19-A Boylston St. Seattle. 1102 Broadway 

Chicago. 1418 Michigan Ave. San Francisco, 4C0 Golden Gate Ave. 
Detroit. 743 Woodward Avenue. Los Angeles, 1040 S. Main St. 


.1 i\i iry 9, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


CM ■'!! quesl ions, I hs i oi b! rength and durability is probablj 
ist important in the minds of all prospective purchasers 
oznobiles. In a receni discussion on the importance placed 

:\ customers on the possible strength and lasting qualities of re- 
spective machines ; Calvin C. Eib, sales-manager of the Pi :er 

Automobile Company, said: '"The strongest chain is only as 
strong as its weakest link. The same thing applies to an automo- 
bile. Customers are always much interested in the general 
strength of a ear they are interested in, and it is the duly of a 
salesman to explain the quality of the material used in eaeh car. 
A machine may have a good appearing body and hood, and look 
in other respects like a line ear, but it is only after several thou- 
sand miles of testing that the ear proves its grade. The best 
guarantee a ciistomer ean have of the lasting qualities of a ear 
is the record and past history of the machine. A new car, thai 
is to say a machine that has not had a season's use by the avei*- 
age automobile owner, is more or less an experiment, and is at a 
disadvantage with the older and more representative makes. I 
always advise a prospective customer of a car to investigate it 
thoroughly, examine the quality of the bearings throughout the 
car and determine the quality of steel used in the crank shaft. 
For instance, the Chalmers-Detroit (formerly the Thomas-De- 
troit) lias the highest grade of nickel heat-treated steel in the 
crank shaft, which lias stood a test of 13 tons. The annular 
bearings are the same as are used* in the five thousand dollar 
foreign car. These points, together with the fact that the body 
is bung between the axles, similar to the besl foreign cars, are 
the reasons this car is recognized as one of the most durable on 
the market." 

* * * 

The Austrian industrial car contest, under the patronage of 
the war ministry and chamber of commerce, will lake place from 
October 30th to 31st on a circuit of 800 kilometers for vehicles 
bearing a load of more than 3,fi00 kilograms, and 1.000 kilo- 
meters for those carrying less. -Only internal combustion motors 
are eligible, and they all have to be fitted with a lank capable of 

caiTving sufficienl Euel for the daily stage; neither may their 
weight, fully laden, exceed 9,000 kilograms. 

* * * 

Charles S. Howard, local representative of the Buick cars, has 

relumed from a hurried trip to the Buicli factory, tie suit led 

in gelling early shipments of the next season's machines, which 
will siatl immediately from the factory. 

* * * 

Mr. A. L. Salliaeb. of Stockton, bae pel taken delivery of bis 
Cadillac "30" demonstrator from Cuyler Lee. 

All That Is Best In Motor Car Construction 

PACKARD 09 Touring Car 

80 horse power, four cylinder, 5 passenger $1550 

453 Golden Gate Ave. 

San Francisco 

Aniioiiiieeiiienl is made bj Paul Lacroix, manager of the 
American branch of Renault Freres, thai he lias signed Lewis 
Strang to dfive Renanll cars in future speed events. Everj op 
portunity will be given Strang to drive in all the race,, of anj im- 
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San Francisco News Letter 

January 9, 1909. 

While tests of the strength of construction of a motor car gen- 
erally depend for their demonstration on continued road ser ice, 

instances sometimes co up thai show the mettle oi il" 1 car in 

an emergency. One of these came recently. A. A. Busej ol 
Oakland, CaL, was the owner concerned, and a Pierce Arn.u Ihe 
ear. Mr. Busey owns a six-cylinder 10 horsepower touring car, 
and while <1 1- 1 \ ing along a country road at the rate of twenty-five 
miles an hour with eight people aboard, approached a railroad 
track. He was within Eorh feel of the track before he noticed, 
the approach of a fas! train. There was but one chance of escap- 
ing a collision, and that was in the course Mr. Busey took. lie 
ran the car over an eight foot embankment. So steep was the 
grade that the car turned over three timer- before it came to a 
stop. All of the occupants we're bruised and hurl to some extent, 

hut none of them seriously injured. The cape top, glass Er 

ami radiator were smashed, bui when the car was righted, it left 
the seem ol the accident under its owd power. In writing of the 
matter. Mr. Busei says thai since the accident he has had three 
offers for the car. but that he will noi sell it for one cenl less than 
lie paid for it, as "the car is now as good as ever. I will have nfl 
other car Inn the Pierce Arrow." 

As a result of this accident, and the fact that the body as well 

as the mechanism remained intact, the builders of the Pierce Ar- 
row feel thai there is justification tor their refusal to sacrifice 

strength to gain light weight. 

* * * 

Andrew Carnegie's endorsemenl of the Studebaker automobile, 
in which lie declared he believed it was the best machine on the 
market to-day, has heen followed lc the purchase of a Studebaker 

limousine by .Miss Lillian liussell. the popular a el less who is this 

vear starring in "Wildfire." The purchase was consummated at 
the Xew York branch of the Studebaker concern, and the actress 
is now using her machine in driving afoul Xew York City. In 
a leiier to the Xew York house. .Mi<s Russell declares she lias 
Found the car specially sen iceable in the winter weather. 

This is not the lair actress's first am bile, - her firs! 

Studebaker. For the pasl three yiearg Miss Russell has been driv- 
ing Studebaker machines, and l.i-i year was the possessor of a 
seven-passenger Studebaker "forty," with which she creal id con- 
siderable interest mi account of the handsome finishing of the 
car. Like her last year's machine, her limousine is fitted up with 
many features that an actress alone could think of, but very simi- 
lar cars may he seen at the local Studebaker branch. 

While Miss Russell always has her own chauffeur, she is con- 
sidered one of the cleverest women drivers of New York City. 

* * * 

The importance of the lighl ear owner in the automobile iu- 
dusirv shows both interestingh and strong in figures covering 
the volume of tires io he made in 1909 by the Diamond Rubber 
Company. Tires 1 1 - 1 1 : 1 1 1 \ classed as lighl car equipment are the 
sizes ranging from <J6x2i/> to 32x3, • mbraciag all told ten differ- 
ent cross section or diameter dimensions. In material- ami .-kill 
in manufacturing the smaller tire- demand, for the bcsl results, 
and are given no less of either than the larger sizes, notwithstand- 
ing that they can he built much more rapidly. One order for 
lighi car use recently given the Diamond Rubber Compan; for, 
1909 delivery covers 'c than 20,000 c plete tires. Tin- rep- 
resents, however, less than 20 per cenl of the light car equi] ail 

the Diamond concern will build for the '09 season, in both ca~- 

illgS and tubes. 

* * * 

W. R. Knight, who has lor some time been with Ihe New York 
Leather Belting Oompnny, has joined ihe selling Force of the II. 
1 1 . Franklin Manufacturing ( Company. 


Automobile and Carriage 


K & K Company 

507 Turk Street San Francisco. Cal 

Telephone Franklin 3391 

Representative Garages of San Francisco. 

Washing-ton and East Streets 

Phone Kearny 678 

Ferry Garage Company 

All Workmanship Guaranteed 

Storage Renting- 

Supplies Machinist 

White Garage 

Hayes near Polk Sis. 

Phone Market 1705 

Auto Livery Co. 

M. L. Rosenfeld, Mgr. 
Van Ness and Golden Gate. Phone Franklin 1535 

The McAlpine Garage 

Jas. K. McAlpine, Mgr. 
1618 to 1630 Jackson St. Phone Franklin 3256 

Panhandle Garage 

E. P. SI 
N. E. Cor. Fell and Ashbury. 



Tel. West 6885 

The Renstrom Garage 

424 to 446 Stanyan Street. 

Tel. Park 476 

Golden Gale School of 
Automobile Engineering 

419-425 Larkin Streei 
Phone Franklin 3391 


Clearing House 

San Francisco, Cal. 

San Francisco 

Los Angeles 

Chanslor & Lyon Motor Supply Co. 


Automobile Accessories 
Largest and most com- 
plete stock on the Coast 

Agents for Hartford Tires 

H. D. McCoy 
Secretary and Manager 

542-4-6 Golden Gate Ave. 
San Francisco, Cal. 

NOTICE. Phone Market 751 


Monogram Oils 


Monogram Oils 


Pacific Coas\ Distributors: 

Geo. P. Moore Company 

721 Golden Gate Avenue 

San Francisco Cal. 

•Iwiauv 9, 190!). 

and California Advertiser 


Thai there is a lack of courtesi a ig autoists traveling on the 

highways of Europe in comparison to the Friendly and brotherly 
Feeling thai exists on Hie roads <>f California is the assertion of 
Frank II. Baird, who is at present touring Europe in his Stude- 
baker touring car, which he purchased from the local branch of 
the Studebaker Bros.'s Company of California, las) spring. A 
letter was received From Baird recently, dated Berlin, by Chester 
\. Beaver, manager of the local Studebaker branch.: 

"I have recently made the famous BerlinrParis run." writes 
Baird, "and while on the road encountered many autoists in all 
sons of plights from punctures to machines thai had taken fire 
iiiul burned down. 

"It is deplorable the absolutely selfish attitude which seems 
to prevail here. And such a contrast to the brotherly spirit which 
prevails on the roads of California! The drivers here hardly 
slop to aid even when iliev know that some one has perhaps been 

"It is needless to Bay that 1 iim enjoying the change. During 
tlic few weeks that I have been abroad, I have traveled no less 
than three thousand miles in my machine, and I can truthfully 
say that il is a wonderful ear For endurance. I shall spend the 
next month in Italy, after which I shall go hack to France, where 
1 intend to rest with my family EOT a few weeks and then return 
to America." 

* # # ^ 

The town ear as developed this year by the Franklin Company 
is a vehicle of the landaulet type, and is built to carry six people, 
four on regular seats and two on Folding seals. It is built on a 
motor cah chassis, and is designed for hard service. It is finished 
in Quaker green and black. 

closed motor vehicles so completely represent the latest growth 
in the automobile industry that, whereas two or three years ago 

they were little known, the coming season will lind ill use large 
numbers of limousines, broughams, town cars, motor cabs and 

* * * 

Pulknan touring cars have been sold during the week l>\ the 
Frank 0. Renstrom Company to Mr. Charles Holman, of Stock- 
ton, Mr. C Towne of the same place, and Mr. K. Winters of this 
city. The demand for the l'ullinan. for the coming season, is so 
great that the Renstrom Company is unable to 'obtain cars fast 
enough to fill I he orders thai are coming in. 

Mr. Stewart S. Ilawley. of Oakland, has just returned 
Mexico, and will now put into active service the '09 Packard 
touring ear just purchased from Cuyler Lee. 

* * * 

Mrs. (!. Niebaum has just received her Packard "30" 

Landaulel from ( 'uvlor I ( ee. 







Only used 500 Miles. Must be Sold Now 

A Great Bargain 





i00 Van Ness Avenue, cor. Grove 

Tips to Automobilists 

PALO ALTO — Stanford Auto and Manufacturing Co.. renting, repairing 
and sundries. Fire-proof garage. Day and night service, 443-9 Emerson 
street. Tel. Main 78. Machine and repair department, 511 Alma street. 

SAN JOSE— WALLACE BROS.' GARAGE. Market and St. James 
streets. 20,000 square feet of floor space. Sperm I accommodations for 
ladies. Repairing, sundries, renting. Fire proof garage. Day and night 

SAN JOSE.— Stop at LETCHER'S New Garage for first-class service. 
We cater to the touring public. Attractive parlor for ladies in connec- 
tion. "Mission Front" garage next to corner of First and St. James Sts. 

GILROY, CAL. — George E. Tice, general machinist, expert repairing of 
automobiles and engines a specialty. Day or night service, 260 N. Mon- 
terey street. 

SAN JUAN.— Stop at the PLAZA HOTEL, opposite the OLD MISSION. 
Special attention paid to automobilists. 

FETALUMA. — McNear Garage and Machine Works. Any kind of auto 
repairing. Full line of auto supplies; complete machine shop. Corner 
Third and C streets. 

HANFORD— The GURNEE Garage. Any kind of automobile repairing. 
Full line of auto supplies. Open day and night. Complete machine shop. 
Telephone Main 35. "TOW BOAT" always ready. 

We Want Your Automobile Repair and Machine Work 

The Irvin Machine Works 

335-337 Golden Gate Avenue 
President and Manager 

Phone Market 2366 

San Francisco 

Keenan Bros. 

Automobile Engineers, Machinists and Blacksmiths. 
273 Valencia Street, San Francisco. Telephone Market 1985 




and at less expense and inconven- 
ience to you than at present. Rent 
your batteries from Auto Ignition Co. 
709-711 Octavla St, Phone Market 5678. 


Pacific Coast "Technical Representatives" 


snnroAjn hfw \"bk 

We carry a complete line of Matrnetos and Parts. 

Phone Market 1425 465 Golden Gate Avenue 



Tires Retreaded and Made New 
Phone Park 710 636 Van Ness Ave 




Phone Franklin 612 

o~4 Polk Street, near Golden Gate Ave. San Francisco. Cal. 

Thomas B. Jeftery it Company. 117-126 Valencia St.. San Francisco 


-Duryea touring car. '07, 4 cylinder. S passenger. Completely over- 
haul eJ. newly painted and in good order. Can be seen at the 

Reliance Automobile Company 

Park 324 

Phones: p«rk 325 

547-35? Fulton Str«e« 


San Francisco News Letter 

.1 \\l \RY 9, 1900. 

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Much street work was being done in Fruitvale. Fruitvale 
avenue, (lie busiest thoroughfare of the city, was torn up For 
several blocks, and while it jammed traffic Eor the time, ii was a 
fact that the grading and macadamizing were necessary, and thai 
the work, a present inconvenience, would prove ;i blessing in the 
end. Every night red lights hung as danger signals to warn 
pedestrians and drivers of vehicles. At one particular crossing 
there were nine lanterns. Any one seeing these crimson globes 
el' light knew that there was trouble in that section. 

Ii happened that shortly after midnight not very long ago a 
pedestrian came down the thoroughfare harboring these nine 
baleful lanterns. He was treading the sidewalk nOi very lightly, 

• \ei very firmly, and as he rolled along, lie sang, "When your 

heels hit bard and your brain feels queer, you're drunk. Hello, 
what's this. One. two. three, four, oh, a whole lot of red lights. 

'This is bad, loo had. Some one will gel into trouble if fi I 

careful. That's danger, that's what it is. and I mnsl remove (he 
dan-ger. t wish there was some one to help me." 

Then as steadily as he could, the man who had been spending 
the better part of the night slaking his thirst, approached the first 
lantern and removed it from the stake when- il hung suspended. 
lie broke it carefully upon the curb of the sidewalk. As methodi- 
cally as he was able, he collected the other lanterns and broke 
them with great care. The last having met with destruction, he 
looked about, him with much gravity to find more danger-sig- 
nals. There were no more. 

Contentedly he picked his way back to the sidewalk and started 
homeward, singing. His heart was lighter than ever now. He 
was likewise possessed with the wisdom of the owl. He tell he 
had done his fellow-man a large service in demolishing the red 

lanterns. They stood for danger. 

* * * 

A Berkeley real estate firm put the Regent Park tract on the 
market, and in its prospectuses gave every prospective buyer to 
understand that for six year.? there would be no taxes or interest 
in pay on the lots. This was over two years ago, and for that 
length of time the buyers were not troubled; there were no inter- 
est or taxes for them. 

One purchaser bought a lot for ASOO. agreeing to pay for it on 
the installment plan. She paid down her monthly payments of 
$10, and was looking forward to the time when the bit of real 
i state would he her very own. 

A short time ago another firm took hold of the tract, and oi £ 

their first moves was to add the interest to the thirty-day pay- 
ments. And the many embryo property holders, who were con- 
gratulating themselves upon soon owning their own homes, are 
now confronted with the problem of paving or not paying this 
additional expense. An effort will he made to have the matter 

aired in the courts, but it is said that this will have no effect, be- 
cause of the little rider in the contract which was overlooked 
by the too credulous purchaser. This clause is to the effect that 
upon the payment of $10, speaking of it as the above amount, no 
interest or taxes will have to he paid. 

* * * 

The Christinas spirit of giving was illustrated in many ways 
in Oakland. One of the most pronounced was the special offer 
made by the tobacconists and cigar dealers. In large-lettered 
placards placed above the slot machines, the announcement was 
made that for a Christmas special, six chances would be offered 
upon the machines instead of five, which tire the every-day rates. 
Many of the unwary took advantage of ibis liberality and spent 
their quarters into these embodied little pitfalls of the gambling 

* * * 

There is ;■ family in Oakland tee bead of which does not be- 
lieve in race suicide, and a group of children play about the 
parental hearthstone, tt seems thai fhi lend parents ran n o 

names before they had g ■ ,,,■. and j n order to give their 

children proper cognomens, [hey tacked on names like OC, AC, 
EC, IC. These youngsters have given a great deal of worry to 



' and all akin Iropblta. "A Ittllt 

higher in frite ferhafi than 

,'»i nations, but a reason for tt." 

Bctujhirui after ■h»,in< ae $ «ft, r bith- 

lna. Sold aT*r7»hsrB, orraalial an ree*lptaf 

a. OatMaaaaa'i (thasrlglDal). Samfle free 

I Gerhard Mennen Company, - Newark, N. J. 

their teachers because of the difficulty in placing them. Willi 
lime, however, the trouble has been straightened out, and their 
teachers are now able to tell them apart. 

New that Mrs. Isabella J. Martin has t n convicted and given 

a life term tit San Quentan for the dynamiting of Judge Ogden's 

heme. ;i little incidcul which happened in the trial of Lester 

McXnlh. fennei' deputy county Clerk, who was tried and ac- 
quitted of an attack upon Miss t I lorothy Olsen, is net out of place. 

Toward the hi-l days ef McNulty's 1 trial, Mrs. Martin wa- 
in court, an interested spectator. In those days -lie was always 
banging about lie courts, trying to gel the private ear- ef the 
judges, dickering with the county clerk, seeking justice, as she 
expressed it. It happened in the course of the trial that Mrs. 
Martin came into close proximity with MeKullv. As soon as -he 
saw him standing near her she gel up and sought a seat farther 
from him. At the same time, she looked at Assistant District 
Attorney Brown, sinci le a superior judge, who was prosecut- 
ing McXullv. ami her expression plainly showed that she fell 
-la had been contaminated by bis presence. 

Mrs. Martin lias always shown great affection for Judge Brown. 
Wier she was sentenced last Saturday, she mel Brown in the cor- 
ridor, and turning to him. said : "I have net had a fair trial. Mr. 
Brown, and I'm not satisfied." ''That's too bad." replied Brown. 
"Here, have a cigar." He handed her a big black cigar, which 
she took with thanks. Alter partaking heartily of her noon meal 
at the county jail, she lit the cigar and smoked it with great rel- 
ish. Shortly after that she fell to the floor in a faint, and the 
story was given out that she had taken poison with suicidal intent. 
But it is just possible that the cigar Judge Brown had given her 

was a little too strong for her. 

* * * 

It was hitler cold; Berkeley was in the fingers of the Frost 

King: in the Ridge Road club-house the then icier threatened 

le go to zero, and in the room of Delbert I!. Crane, leader of the 
rjniversity of California Cadet Band, and a prominent senior 
student, icicles were hanging from the bed-head. What else was 
Crane le do upon retiring than to place an electric light globe in 
bed with him. and then in the unusual pleasure of the warmth 
forgot all ahoul the incandescent? He dropped into .a sound 

slumber, and did not awaken until hours later, to the a» ipani- 

Mieni of smoke and flame. He fought his way oul of the burning 
room, and the presence of mind of a Japanese servant saved the 
clubhouse from destruction. Oh. these cold nights! 

* * * 

Gastronomical feats arc always oi interest. There is some- 
thing fascinating about the functions of the alimentary canal 
and its co-ordinate relations with the stomach. At the present 

lime an Oakland man. Cerniaine Barberis. is consuming one 
squab a day, and in order to save $50 of his good money, he 
will have to repeat thirty consecutive days. Specialists who 
know something ahoul this lender member of the pigeon family 
stale that the meal of the bird is too rich for a steady diet, hut 
Barberis says they wdll have In show him. Anyway, he is anx- 
ious to win his wager, and Bays he will do so without trouble. 
Some lime ago Barberis ale IV dozen oysters, large Eastern oys- 
ters raw on the half shell, al one sitting. He then called for a 
cocktail. Having this accomplishment in mind, his friends are 
not anxious about his present task. Barberis says thai in addi- 
tion to his title as champion oyster eater he will annex the honors 
of being the greatest squab eater in the bay cities. 

In no other form of food Is Purity so absolutely essentia] as In milk 
products. Richness is also necessary, as without richness, milk Is of 
little value as a food. Purity and richness arc the embodiment of Bor- 
den's Eagle Brand Condensed Milk. As a food for infants or for genera! 
household purposes it haa no equal. 

• h\iuRY 9, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


93d Half- Yearly Report of the 

San Francisco Savings Union 

Member of the Associated Savings Banks of San Francisco 

N. W. Corner California and Montgomery Streets, San Francisco 

Sworn Statement of the Condition and Value of Its Assets and Liabilities 

December 31, 1908. - 


Loans secured by firs! Lien on real estate wholly 

within the State of California .$13,359,776.21 

Loans secured by pledge and hypothecation of ap- 
proved bonds and stocks 91 1 . 1 5 I .9 1 

Bonds of the municipalities and school disi ricts of 
the State of California, railroad bonds and 
bonds and stocks of local corporations, the value 

of which is 9,183,133.00 

Bank Premises 700,000.00 

Other Real Estate in the State of California 724,524.70 

Furniture and Fixtures 100.00 

Cash in Vault and in Bank 1,420,408.3'i 

Total Assets $26,199,497.19 


Due Depositors $23,991,448.01 

Capital paid-up 1. 1.00 

Reserve and Contingenl Funds 1,205,846.20 

General Tax Account, Balance Undisbursed 02.86 

Total Liabilities $26,199,497.19 

San Francisco, I >> cembcr 31, 1908. 

oed) E. B. POND, President. 

I !ounty of San Fram isco, --. 

. swear i , : , ,. i hh.i each of us has i a 

persona] knowledgi ntained in the f< 

pen. and thai ei Ration, statement, matter and thing 

therein contained of onr knowledge and 

ted) E. B. POND. 

oed) LOVELL W in IK. 
Subscribed and sworu to 

Seal) ed) FRANK I.. OWEN. 

v Public in and for the City and County of 9 

For the half-year ending December 31. 1908. a dividend has been declared at the 
rates per annum of four and one-quarter (4 1-4) per cent on term deposits and four 
(4) per cent on ordinary deposits, payable on and after Saturday. January 2. 1909. 

Money deposited during first ten (10) days of January will receive interest from 

January 1st 


San Francisco News Letter 

.1 wru;-, 9, L909. 

m jar 


We read life's music From a hidden score, 
Unwinding slowly, and can only see 
The note the moment g\\ es us. Joyous!} 

Ami Full of hope we voice it. or lieartsnre, 

And praying we \ sing it nevermore. 

We • - . 1 1 1 1 1 ■ i hear i he pel feci symphonj 
God hears, lis faultless blended melody 

[s drowned For us in « hal ourseWe t pour. 

Fear nol the notes writ in the scroll For you. 

A mighty music master made each strain 
To suil the voice thai was to sing it through. 
The majors and the minors each arc best. 

The burst of joy or tremolo of pain, 
Ami in each score God writes al lasl a rest. 

— James Leroy Stockton in Cosmopolitan. 


As doth the vagrant wind desire the flame. 

And search the gusty alleys of the dark, 
Tenacious, urgent, instant in its claim 

Upon the houseless and unguarded spark: 
So hath my soul sought thine through devious ways, 

Through proud resistances and scorn expressed, 
I nder lighl iaughter, sober-mouthed dispraise, 

And cool-browed insult and fleet-footed jest. 
For 1 did sit with eyes that looked through misl 

Ever some brightness in the night and daj : 
Ever did have some voice that well 1 wist 

\\ a- thine above the jargon of the way. 
And now. that I do stand before thy face, 
I know that 1 have run ami won the race. 

— Humphreys Park in Applcton' 


Thanking God for life and light, 

Si rengt b and joyous breath, 
Should we not, with reverent lips, 

Thank II im, too, For death ? 

When would man's injustice cease, 

Did nut stern Death bring 
Those a ho cheated and oppressed 

To their reckoning ? 

Would not life's long sordidncss 

( In our spirits pall, 
I r our years should last Forever, 

And the earth were all ? 

i in us. withered wit b life's heat, 

Falls death's cooling dew, 
And our parched souls' dustj leaves 

Their lost green renew. 

Ab. though deep the grave-dust hide 

Love and courage high, 
Life a paltrier thing would be 

[f we could not die! 

— Effie Smith, in Pulnam'i 


In Alameda. A g 1 business buggy; lias been used only a Eew 

times. Cost $150; will be sold for $95. Apply Central Stables, 
Sherman street, near Encinal avenue, Alameda. 

K'Ii y ii«i^^ft^" 

BBS «3Wi 

-Its 'S , WfL' = TOflHvnil 

PHEfr '^SH 


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Make "-Your Bedroom 

Notable for its expression of refinement and feeling of repose. 
"We will gladly assist you in doing this with our carefully se- 
lected stock of Wall Paper and Fabrics. We carry the things you are 
looking for, and at the right prices. 

L. Tozer & Son Company 

Interior Decorators 

1527 Pine St., Between Van Ness and Polk. San Francisco 

1 87 Twelfth St.. near Madison. Oakland 

Sherman. Clay & Co., occupying this entire building 
at Kearny and Sutter streets, San Francisco, are 
headquarters for every kind of musical instruments 
from Steinway pianos down. You have no need to 
go elsewhere for any article pertaining to the music 

Sherman Ray & Go. 

Steinway and Other Pianos- Victor Talking Machines 


Broadway al 13th. Oakland 

H. Bette 

1163 Ellis Street, San Francisco 
Formerly 424 Sutter Street 

Importer of Fine Novelties, Maker of 

Ladies' Tailored Suits, Riding Habits 

a Specialty 

The new Japanese rooms I MaTsh's), with rare, high Jap- 
anese art exhibit, are now open in the Fairmont Hotel. 

Chas. Lyons 

London Tailor 

Established 30 years. 

Importer and Dealer In Foreign and Domestic Woolens. 

Suits to order from $25. 00 up 

Overcoats to order from $25.00 up 

Trousers to order from $ 6-00 up 

1432 Fillmore Street, 731 Van Ness Avenue, 771 Market Street. 

San Francisco 

958 Broadway, Oakland 

.1 INUAR5 '•». 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


What II Means to France, Germany and Ireland. 

"The Bteadily progressive decline in the birth-rate of France 
i> a julijtvt of constant pre-occupation among political econo- 
mi8ts," Bays Heuter's Paris correspondent. "Certainly a statisti- 
cal review of the situation, published in Public Opinion by M. 
de Foville, member of the Institute and president of the Acade- 
me des Sciences Morales et Politique*, accentuates the national 
gravity of the question. 

Frant e Surely Dying. 

"The latest Jigures prove that France as a nation is slowly but 
surely dying. In 100 years the birth rate has fallen from 32 
per 1000 to 19. T, and at the present moment, for the first time 
in history, and in France alone among nations, the deaths ex- 
ceed the births. 

"Since the twentieth century began the decline has continued 
at the following alarming rate: Excess of births over deaths, 
1902, 84,000; 1903, 73,000; 1904, 51,000; 1905, 37,000; 1906, 
27,000. Last year, 1907, zero was reached and passed. There 
were 20,000 more deaths than births. The official returns are 
794,000 and 774,000 under these respective heads. The word 
'depopulation/ M. de Foville point* out, is, therefore, no exag- 
geration. Is it, he asks, the beginning of the end? 

France Ripe for Invasion. 

"At this rate, France will soon be ripe for invasion. It is the 
only fate awaiting a country capable of supporting 80,000,- 
000 inhabitants and is content with half that number. In 1875 
the population of Germany surpassed that of France by 6,000,- 
000; it now ixieeds it by over 20,000,000. In another twenty 
years there will be two Germans for every Frenchman, without 
counting the sons of the Fatherland scattered all over the globe 
by emigration. 'Thus France/ concludes M. de Foville, 'is 
marching with quickened step to her doom.' 

"As to the causes, the writer contends that they are political 
and economic as well as moral. The law is lax in regard to cer- 
tain criminal practices, it has made divorce ridiculously easy, and 
it winks at pernicious teachings. Nothing, in fact, is being done 
to arrest the gradual extinction oi a greal race." 

"In 1907, for the first time in s normal year, the grave gained 
upon the cradle." says the Chronicle, commenting on these fig- 
ures. "The depopulation of France bas begun. 

"To realize what this means, one should compare the popula- 
tion statistics of other European countries. We take - ■ of 

them below. Our table, LI should be said, does nol pn I to 

give material tor a severely accurate study in statistics. The 

figures for 1901 arc not generally available; we are compi 

different years i the latest year, in each country, L904 di 5 or ,; . 
for which the figures happen to be at hand), but these figures 
of the relation of births to deaths will Buffice to point th 
trasi : 

PoptUaUon Statist* s. 

Austria Plus 

Belgium Plus 

German} Plus - 

Hungary Plus 229,163 

1 1 ., Iv Plus 374,108 

Netherlands Plus 

Russia Plus 2,464,258 

ilaml Plus 36,400 

United Kingdom Plus • - 

France Minus 20,000 

opulation, then, had begun in France, and in France alone. 

nitii and Fram e Contrast 

"The eontrasl between the French figures and the German is 
worthy. At the time of the war, the popula- 
tion of the two conn approximately equal. That of 
my n.i» exceeds that of Frame by 81 - • 
ry has 'universal military serrice,' but the nunc 
al army corps is being increased in the nurse - 
. oontry and diminished in thosi 

cist, however, for other an - - in to 

arm For mutual slaughter. Slumbers, it is true, are not the only 
things that count in influence or in prosperity ; nor is it righl to 
ascribe the 'depopulation of France' solely to unworthy cai 
Thrift, a high standard of comfort, the equal division of prop- 
erty, these may be reckoned among the factors, as well as others 
less creditable to a nation's character or institutions. But num- 
bers do count a great deal in the case of a country with a large 
and fertile territory at home and a great sphere of influence 
abroad. It behooves the legislators and moralists of France to 
take to heart the warnings which M. de Foville has been found- 
ing on the latest figures, and to find means for arresting a pro- 
cess which must otherwise reduce the range of French civiliza- 
tion and influence, and which might even in the course of time 
lead to the 'race suicide' of France." 

Decreased Population of Ireland 

The annual report of the Eegistrar-General on marriages, 
births, and deaths in Ireland during 1907, shows that the num- 
ber of marriages registered during the year was 22,509; the 
number of births, 101,742 ; and the number of deaths, 77,334. 
The marriage rate was 5.14 per 1000 of the estimated popula- 
tion, showing a decrease of 0.02 as compared with that for the 
year 1906, but is 0.05 above the average rate for the ten years 
1897-1906; the birth rate was 23.2 per 1000 of the estimated 
population, showing a decrease of 0.4 as compared with that for 
the preceding year, and is the same as the average rate for the 
ten years 1897-1906; and the death rate (17.7 per 1000) is 0.7 
above the rate for the preceding year, but 0.2 under the average 
rate for the ten years 1897-1906". 

The returns for the year show that the natural increa 
population, or excess of births over deaths, was 24,408; the loss 
by emigration amounted to 39,082 (which number exceeds the 
number of emigrants enumerated in 1906, namely, 35,3-J I. and 
also the average number — 31. 381 — for the ten years 1897-1906). 
It would appear, therefore, thai there was a decrease of 1 1,61 I in 
the population during the year. With respect to immigration, 
there is no official record, nor is it taken into account in 
timate of the population to the middle of the year, which was 
!,:;; 7,064. 


When selling the L. C. SMITH & BROS, (visible) 
TYPEWRITER we often take typewriters of other 
makes in exchange as part payment, 
— as a consequence we have accumu- 
lated an immense slock of all makes 
of typewriters. These machines have 
been REBUILT in our Factory, and 
are now, as-good-as-ever, look like 
and work like new and a NEW MACHINE GUARAN- 
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San Francisco News Letter 

.Tamaiiv 9, 1909. 


Still the talk goes on about haying a big public auditorium, 
but as yet nothing has actually been accomplished beyond the 
making of some grandiloquent after-dinner speeches and holding 
a few meetings. There are lots of advocates for the proposition 
in the field, including Supervisor Giannini. who are taking unto 
themselves the credit of originality in the matter, but nothing 
concrete has resulted. The News Letter pioneered the idea of 
San Francisco's having a great public auditorium, and for 
months past has devoted many editorials to the subject. Suffi- 
cient publicity has therefore been given, and what we want now 
from those tnat are in a position to carry out the work is not 
ideas, but results. Instead of seeking constant newspaper noto- 
riety for their utterances, and endeavoring to acquaint the peo- 
ple "generally with the fact that they are the Columbuses of the 
instance, it would be much better from a practical standpoint if 
these gentlemen would use their talents toward the securing of 
the necessary funds for the project. The public has been quite 
satiated with the tea-table line of talk that has been ladled out 
to them, and what it wants now is some assurance that the real 
work is started. Let it be decided whether bonds should be voted, 
and let the matter of a satisfactory site be thrashed out at once. 
The decision as to the kind of marble to be used in the vestibule 
of. the building, the height of the proscenium arch, and the acous- 
tics, are things that can be handled very much better by the ar- 
chitects than any one else. But, unfortunately, Mr. Giannini, 
and several of the others who are pluming themselves upon their 
having sponsored the auditorium idea, are hindering progress in 
the right direction because they are fearful that the people will 
not associate their names with the thing, and the}' are using all 
their endeavors, consequently, toward doing a bunch of press- 
agent work for themselves instead of devoting that time and en- 
ergy to the accomplishment of the real work. 

It cannot be too strongly impressed upon those that may be 
instrumental in giving San Francisco a great hall that there is 
no time to lose. We need this auditorium, a thing of dignity and 
massiveness and beauty, something that will be a credit to our 
great municipality by the Golden Gate, and we need it now! We 
are no longer in the rehabilitation period, and it is perhaps use- 
less to repeat, what has so often been touched upon in the col- 
umns of the News Letter, that the makeshift meeting places that 
have done service since the fire for conventions, political and 
otherwise, concerts and what-not, would be a disgrace to a one- 
horse hamlet, let alone the metropolis of the Pacific Coast. No 
other city in the country, regardless of size, is in such a pitiful 
condition as regards a public auditorium, and as time goes on, 
and we exhibit to travelers f 'om all quarters of the globe that we 
are seemingly not emerged from the chrysalis state, the pity of 
our condition is the more accentuated. Let the gentlemen who 
have it in their power to help San Francisco out of its quandary 
get busy and prepare at once for the accomplishment of some- 
thing that will mean a good beginning, and the rest will be 
easy. Let them forget that they are politicians, and cease doing 
publicity politics. The people want results, not speechifying. 


Once on a time a woman at Christmas made up her mind to 
be sensible and give her friends only useful presents. She found 
it a much harder task than if she had bought a lot of thoughtless 
things and distributed them haphazard, for she had to study the 
peculiarities of each friend and try to remember the one thing 
lacking that would make her happy. But by putting on her 
thinking cap and sitting up at night she at last congratul 1 her- 
self that she had succeeded. But lo and behold ! When her 
friends received the presents they were furious. 

There is nothing that makes a nervous man more nervous, 

a quarrelsome man more quarrelsome, a good tempered man so 
mean, as a pair of ill-fitting shoes. How many times in vour 
life have you bought a piece of real shoe comfort from a dealer? 
The only way to have real comfort is to have a pair of Gerlach's 
Made-to-Order shoes. Gerlaeh, at 2839 California street, caters 
only to those who make it a habit to wear made-to-order shoes. 
In other words, Gerlaeh is a shoe man who understands -his busi- 
ness to the uttermost, and who gives satisfaction. Coachman's 
and riding boots made. The best in lit. style and workmanship is 

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San Francisco, Cal., Saturday, January 16, 1909 

No. 3 

TISER is printed and published every Saturday by the Proprietor, Fred- 
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All social items, announcements, mining, commercial and financial 
news notes, advertisements or other matter intended for publication in 
the current number of the NEWS LETTER AND CALIFORNIA ADVER- 
TISER, should be sent to the office not later than Thursday morning. 

San Francisco needs a usury law. 

The creditor bears the white man's burden. 

Some curb should be placed on (lie interest-eating money 


Scylla is slill doing business at the old stand, while 

Charybdis is engul fed. 

Boni de Castellane lias found out that the French courts 

cannot be monkeyed with, 

Now is llio time tlio wise house-wife seeks the joys and 

profits of the bargain counter. 

Congress should ge! to work at once ami remedy the tariff 

by lopping off its high protective features. 

Tl is so easy to lie serious and so gratifying to take one- 
self seriously that people yield to the disease with pleasure. 

Maxine Elliott is said to have designed and buili the most 

comfortable theatre in America. Tt takes a woman to do bhings 
right ! 

Tt is to he hoped that the wisdom assembled at Sacramento 

will see lit to remedy some of the flagrant evils id' the State 
penological institutions. 

San Francisco is gifted with a charily that grows on 101. 

I'm' it is id' the kind that docs nol begin and end at home, hut is 
as broad as tin 1 world and as long as infinity. 

Tin' cabinet makers have made a discovery. They I'oided 

around just long enough to find our that Air. Taft has a very 

stilf spine, and yet he smiles and smiles ami smiles again. 

The Yaipiis have signed a treaty of peace with the Mexi- 
cans. Hereafter, when a drunken Mexican or a boisterous Ameri- 
can shoots up a border lown. it will he impossible to blame it on 

I he Yaipiis. 

Governor Hughes has taken 309 positions out of the hands 

of the big political parlies and the machine, and placed them on 
the civil service list. Governor Gilleti has — Oh, pshaw, what's 
the use! 

II is said thai there are fifty-five vacancies in consulships. 

II would lie more to the point if the information were given as 
10 the number of applicants for the fifty and live offices and their 
lilncsv for the various jobs. 

. If some kind-hearted philanthropist would only provide 

a fund for keeping the gifts oi other philanthropists in order. 

it would he gratefullv received by San Francisco. The gifts of 
statues and hi'onzes that adoiai our -I I leplor- 

able and dirty condition. . 

John Hays Hammond may vet take a cabinet portfolio. 

lie denies the impeachment, bui then Mr. Taft is not on' 

born hut most persuasive, and he knows the Ha\s Hammond 

blood, lie wants men in the new cabinet who will no! he men 

Is. hut who w ill LriNc nan TV. 

The hill hoards along the Northwestern road over near 

Mill Valley are an eyesore. U it possible that the owners of 
lots have no better use for well situated land than thi 
badly-drawn, illiterateh worded, badly painted and flagrantly 
colored publicity? 

There are signs that as Dick Croker comes in Ruefs light 

goes'out. New York has been easting sneering looks in our 
direction, 'there isn't much of a chance for Gotham to gather 
congratulations to itself as regards the Croker man. 

Socialists in San Francisco are calling anathema on the 

head of the judge who wrote Gompers and his friends in con- 
tempt. Tile judge must have been right. This is the only pos- 
sible deduction, in view of the scratching in the socialist kennel. 

Australia reports that it has carried 258,020,836 pas- 
sengers on its railroads, and that, in the year, only one passenger 
was killed. The record is thai of New South Wales, 'this item 
is referred for digestion to the traffic management of the Santa 

The Governor of Georgia that was, Hoke Smith, was pre- 
sented with a diamond-studded watch by the convicts in the State 
penological institutions. Smith was very active in behalf of 
abolishing the leasing svsteiu. and the decoration is one he may 
justly he proud of and hand down to posterity with some degree 

of satisfaction. 

The Congressmen and Senators who joined in the "round 

robin" to the President are wondering what it was that hit them. 
Tln-v have had a painful physical and ocular demonstration of 
the fact that the secret service is quite efficient in giving data to 
the chief executive, and. worse slill. Mr. Roosevelt has another 
barrel of bird shot in reserve. 0! la! la! la! la! la! 

Charybdis was a vituperative woman of the Homeric per- 
iod, who stole the oxen of Hercules, and was hurled by the thun- 
derbolt of Jupiter into the sea. The cal ile lolls us I hat ( lharyhdis, 
the rock that is named after the predatory female of Hie Homeric 
doggerel, was hurled into the sea by the seismic disturbance in 
the Tranto Peninsula. Thus docs history repeal itself. Report 
-ays that the rock continues to make trouble, for it continues in 

block an otherwise navigable passage. Such is woman! 

A woman writer in ;in Eastern magazine says that women 

have more rights in Turkey than in any other country, i Jtcept 

Egypt Legally, and a- far as ihc ownership of property or 

rights before Hie law in Hie ,- heritage is concerned, Egypt 

takes the whole bakery in its fostering care of women. After this, 
we mnsl he careful how He sneer at the Mihommofan or those 
believing in the multiplicity of wives. They seem to care better 

for the greater number man we do for the 

There seems to he a concerted movement all along the 

line to discredit the President in re. Panama, and to cast all 
kinds of suspicions on Hie work of the canal builders. There is 
a suggestion of graft in all kinds of news, and the source of the 
information is still obscure. In time it will come out clearly 
licit some one is trying t" make some point of vantage by dis- 
crediting some one else. It's dirty business in private practice, 
and it's ale in when it is a national work that 


The Bubwav proposition under the Oakland estuary lan- 
guishes. The News Letter first made the suggestion to build the 
lube in the davs immediately following the earthquake. The 
Oakland stands in the way of its own manifest destiny 

j metropolis bj - things and doing them now. Tie- 
are should to appropriate some suitable sum to- 
wards the building of this public necessity. The railr 1- should 

be made to hear their share of the burden, and t Ala- 

and Oakland should also contribute. It - piece 

of engineering, and in these .lavs of great pnh' >ings. 

fifteen minutes" time should settle ii 'ways 

to l>o a villa/ 

and she should have i - aid build it, and thei 

it it. 

The Socialist Fire Brands and Disturbers 
Senatorial Dignity and the Liars' Prerogative 

It has often been said bj sententious 
The ( ' \ i.i. and and wise mortals thai there is do de- 

thb Race-Track, gree of honesty and dishonesty, no 

middle course between fight and 
wrong! The man who hides his head when another is being 
murdered is considered in some countries an accessor} to the 
aci of the murderer. 

A man is either honesi or dishonest. The prohibitionisf will 
tell von that the man who drinks a thimbleful of whisky is drunk 
to the extent of thai thimbleful, and that a man is either an ab- 
stainer or a drunkard. 

The San Francisco Call has of late made great claims to de- 
eencj and honesty. Ii fills its columns with abuse of ev< 
who does not believe in its beliefs or its policies. The great 
shield of the Sugar Barons has had placed upon it an all-obscur- 
ing bar dexter, inscribed in flaming yellow Letters, EONESTY. 
The trend of its editorial are all toward covering the past acts 
of the Call and the Call's friends with the Honesty white-wash. 
There be some evil-minded persons who claim that the bar is not 
dexter, but that it should be sinister. The bar. obscuring as it 
does, the deals in Oceanic, in Sugar, in Sas stocks, in the San 
Joaquin Valley Railroad, in a thousand and one other question- 
able schemes to over-reach friend and foe, is a recent addition 
to the Spreckels' escutcheon. There is only one way to accounl 
for the novel infusion in the Spreckels methods and sign-board, 
and that is. that Mr. Rudolph Spreckels's influence is overshad- 
owing every other interest in the Spreckels family. Mr. Spreck- 
els went on a nature-faking Eoray a year or so ago, and corralled 

all the 1 est] thai was lying around loose in the Spreckels 

strong boxes, ami look il unto himself and breathed into its 
poor, sick and famished body, and gave it a puling existence. 

The Call became Hie wet nurse of the pour, weak child called 

HONESTY. II advocated the principles thai would keep the 
starvling, neglected thing alive, and it advertised (be fact with 
a great splotching of ink and cartoons. 

The race-track issue is a live issue. Tt is an issue thai is para- 
mount in the minds of the people and the legislators. Ir bids 
fair to break up all party lines, and give move than one political 
boss bis quietus if it is nol settled by this Republican legislature 
that race track gambling, pool selling and betting on races must 
slop! The penalty provided by the Hughes law. championed 
by Assemblyman Prank Otis of Alameda County, is imprison- 
ment of offenders in the State penitentiary! The Call lias at no 
lime, as far as we know, contended that race-track gambling was 
an honest pursuit. The Call, as far as we can judge, is not 
reaily to defend the Emery-vile practices. The Call is silent. 

however, en the Spori of Crook-, and in its silence gives seni 

io the practices al the crimes factory across the bay. And so the 
('all is only ball' or one-third honest! It bides its head while 
the public is being robbed, while women are being debauched, 
while boys are being made into thieves, while bank clerks steal; 
husbands desert wives, children filch from their parents, and 
girls -ell their virtue, and the price of this sin is being driven in 
a golden si ream into the coffers of tbo vneo-lrack crowd. There 
is a big black' splotch on the borrowed bar dexter on (be Spreck- 
els escutcheon, and the legend loses much of its significance! The 
pnor child, HONESTY, found in the lost recesses of the Spreck- 
els family money chests and brought back to a precarious exis- 
tence by Rudolph Spreckels bids fair to be starved to death on 
half rations by the Call management. It is up to the Call edi- 
tors to explain their silence, which gives consent, as to the ne- 
farious and criminal practices of the track people, it will nol 
do to mouth and munch honesty in ever] breath, and give aid 
and comfort to criminals in every issue! Come oul squarely or 
less that ye are special pleaders! 

Tin: Tkack \ n i) 

The Race Track and the Public 
The Mare Island Channel 

The game which the exponents of 

the race-track and gambling frater- 
nity arc playing at Sacramento, in 
heir efforts to defeat the passage of 
an anti-pool-selling ami heiiing hill is worthy of its authors. 
Those gee. | and pious citizens arc circulating the story thai they 
care not if an ami- race-track bill lie passed. There is wney, 

iliei say, in racing now: the public has been hied until il has no 

more financial bl I to shed, and they have long ago decided to 

close I heir tracks after this season, and move to (be City of Mex- 
ico, where President Dias anxiously awaits their coming, ami 
will give their enterprise the sanction of the official approval of 
the Mexican Government. There will he no annoyance- there, 
they tell the good people who care to listen to them, and the cli- 
mate in the Mexican capital is ideal for racing in midwinter. 
Tt is the purpose of the track people and their colleagues to estab- 
lish there (he greatest race track in the world, and Io make the 
City of Mexico a racing Monte Carlo. 

They say the track Daroux is so rich that be wants no more 
money, he tells bis friend-, and i~ going to settle down definitely 

ii Sacramento. Tint while they are distributing this talk on 

all sides, the race track tooters have really established a large 
lobby here, and are very busy trying to defeat the proposed bill. 

Their scheme is to allow il to pass the Assembly, and to defeat 
it in the Senate h\ adding amendments galore Senator Leavitt, 

who is the (rack Senator, expects to be the fader of the house, 
and has control of the finance committee, in the Senate, which 
means that oo appropriation Eor any public interest in California 
can go through without the approval of the race track crowd. 
Any one can see the power that Leavitt in that way can wield. 
He will not require Senators to vote againsl the bill, but will ask 

them io supporl endless indments, including one against the 

-lot machines ami other gambling devices uniil the measure is 
so leaded down that there i~ no hope of ii- passing. The friends 
of the anti-pool room legislation should insist that tile bill be 

passed unamended, or if will be defeated. 

The "Liberator," which is the prc- 

Speeokels ind Calhoun, tentious name given to the organ ol 

the equally pretentious "League of 

Justice." should be at some pains to tell the truth, Or al least Io 

avoid misrepresentation of such tads a- are too well-known and 

patent lolie in is rep resin led olfoct i velv. In its most recent issue. 
the Liberator si rives bard, hui clumsily, fo convince its readers 
that there could have been no personal motive or animus against 
the United Railroads or Patrick Calhoun in Rudolph Spreckels's 
engineering of the so-called "grafl prosecution." The Libera- 
tor argues thai since Mr. Sprocket- commenced bis "crusade" Iii 

January, 1906, and since the permit to change the system of the 

United Railroads from cable to electricity was not granted till 

the following May (the Liberator inaccurately says April ). there 
could have been no animus against the United Railroads in the 
inception, al least, of Mr. Spreckels's work. So anxious is the 
Liberator to apologize for Mr. Spreckels thai il even states un- 
blushingly: "January, 1906, was before the present president of 
the United Railroads look bis office." Mr. Calhoun, a- is we!] 

known, had organized and been in control of the United Kail- 
roads a- long ago as l!MI\\ The truth of Ibe matter, which ihe 

Liberator carefully avoids, is that for some months before Mr. 
Spreckels assumed the dictatorship of the prosecution, Messrs. 
Spreckels and Phelan had declared war upon Ibe United Rail- 
roads. They bad tried unsuccessfully to impose their ideas and 
desires of how the United Railroads should be operated, and had 
crossed swords with Calhoun on this question. The president 
of the United Railroads, however, had listened patiently to their 

.1 i\nn in. 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

demands, and had only rejected them finally when their imprac- 
ticability had been demonstrated by one of the mosl eminenl en- 
gineers in the country, whose services bad been specially re- 
tained by the Chamber of Commerce. When the Spreckels- 
Phelan contingenl could nol gel their own way, they used this 
as .in excuse to declare open war upon the United Railroads and 
Calhoun. II was then that they undertook in organize ami financi 
a rival streel railroad. This enterprise they> commenced before 
Mr. Spreckels's sudden developmeni of a consuming interest in 
municipal affairs ami in the reformation of the city of liis birth, 
whose affairs hitherto he had so neglected thai he boasted he bad 
never exercised his franchise as a citizen in his life. Mr. 
Spreckels commenced his graft prosecution almost simultane- 
ously with i In- refusal of the municipal authorities to entertain 
his demand for a blankei Franchise I'm- the operation of the 
Spreckels-Phelan "Municipal Streel Railways." The Spreckels- 
Phelan rival street railroad, which was duly incorporated April 
17, 1906, was not born in a day, a week or a month. The in- 
corporation was the ivsnll of months of planning and plotting to 
undermine the established street ear company, and the enterprise 
was hatched in the hope of its proving an instrument by which 
iis principal owners, Spreckels and l'helan, could "get even with" 
Calhoun; The Spreckels prosecution, with Rudolph Spreckels 
in command ami control of the District Attorney's office, was to 
lie another means towards the Spreckels-Phelan end. The Lib- 
erator may twist dales ami torture facts with all the willful 

el siness it can command, but it cannot alter the transparent 

truth. Incidentally such is a poor business for the organ of the 
"League of Justice" to be in. But on the eve of the Calhoun 
trial, the Spreckels-Phelan interests can best he served by mis- 
representation and trickery. 

Periodically some individual with a 
Make Island Again; little knowledge attacks the Navy 

Department, and makes charges of 
malfeasance and administrative incapacity. The merry muck- 
raker goes into spasms over technical descriptions of defects in 
the building of warships, and when everything else is exhausted, 
vents the remaining spleen in his carcass at the Mare Island 
yard. Since the yard was first built, it has been subjected to all 
sorts of attacks by wise and unwise critics. The trouble with 
most of these is the same trouble as that which affects the state- 
inenls of the lasl In join the gallery of the unimmnrlalized. This 
trouble is thai they are merely ordinary and not extraordinary, 
or even careful liars. Tin 1 individual who has had his last fling 
at I In' Mare Island yard and the channel thereto may he dismissed 
in one sentence, lie cannol ever have looked over the local situa- 
tion or he would have lied with more cleverness. That's all. 

and Reality 

The Bulletin gives it oul thai its 

"theatrical contest" lias proven a 

grand success, that hundreds of 

young women have sent in beautiful 

photographs, ami that (he managers of the local theatre where the 

winners an' In appear, an- overwhelmed willi JO] at the wonder 

id' ii all. In fact, there has been so much overwhelming all 
around thai the number of successful contestants was increased 

to twenty-five. To say thai the whole proposition as advanced 

by the Bulletin is most reprehensible would he putting it mildly. 
The affair was the worst kind of ; i shame, and ii was unfortunate 
thai the sensation-loving evening journal could nol have been 

stopped by law. Wha1 the Bulletin succeeded in doing was I" 
sow the seed of discontent in the minds of hundreds of girls 

who otherwise would have beer willing to continue in their pres- 
ent stations in life. By dishing up each morning a pictun 
sketch oi th care® oi Dme feminine stage celebrity, the Bulle- 
tin eggi girls on. Ii told il had been 

\ Maxine Elliott ami Lulu Chaser and Louise Dresser and 
others; ii spoke of the costly dresses and comforts and ge 
atmosphere i iveness that surrounds them; it touched 

upon the homage and admiration that is their portion. The Bul- 
letin deliberately set aboul to create envy and desire in the minds 

: of foolish girls. It pictured stage life as a game of joy. 
as a perpetual Utopia in which money, costly clothes, automo- 
biles, diamonds and the homage of men was waiting for them. 
Which is a lie. Some women do tret these thintrs in stage-land, 
hut they are \cr\ few indeed, and thos are well 

with talent in the firs) place, have - ference ami the 

capacity for the hardest kind of work, and the type of mind that 

knows how to uieei the pitfalls and danger-spots to he Eound he- 
hind the footlightB. Bui the Bulletin merely pointed mil the re- 
wards of the stage and forgot in mention the unbeautiful part 
of il. It painted a life behind the curtain that was full of 
glamor, and that consequently made a strong appeal to (he girl 

whom an unkind fate had chosen to put behind a glove r nter 

or a cashier's desk. Some of these misguided souls were sure 
they were exceedingly fair, and they just knew they had talent. 
The Bulletin has started them off on a wrong tack. Some of the 
winners in the contest may have talent, but they were selected 
simply because they had beauty. But, aparl from the success- 
ful contestants who will now have the distinguished honor of 
wearing tights, carrying a spear ami inspiring mash-notes from 
sap-headed youths, a great harm has been worked in the ranks 
of the unsuccessful ones. They have been made discontented 
with their present lots, and they will ever dream of the wonderful 
life that slipped through their fingers. And they will try to gel 
on lie stage by fair means or foul. If they but knew, they arc 
more fortunate than the girls dubbed by the Bulletin as being 
"fortunate." The stage is not for every woman, but for the very 
exceptional one, and for the others it hut offers misery and often 
dishonor. And the Bulletin, "the journal for the home," has 
started twenty-five inexperienced, unknowing girls mi a stage 
career conscious of these facts. 

Tapt and the 

The editors of El Renacimiento of 
Manila, the leading Filipino daily, 
and flu' most caustic and uncompro- 
mising opponent of American con- 
trol in the islands, arc under arrest. 

Commissioner Dean C. Worcester, tired of being made (he ob- 
ject of ceaseless and baseless attacks, has preferred charges of 
criminal libel against the editors of the sheet. 

The sum total of injury inflicted on American efforts by that 
and other unscrupulous papers is beyond estimate. For (en years, 
in fair' of undeniable evidence of an altruism unparalleled in the 
history of Governments, these journals have sneered at. insinu- 
ated against, and attacked the motives of the officials who arc 

devoting their lives to the upbuilding of the populace. 

Intimations have been frequenl of late in the Manila Cable 
News-American that the -lock of patience and Forbearance of the 

American resident is becoming exhausted. This ver\ policy, 
as interpreted by a Malay, is an indication of weakness and pusil- 
lanimity, and. in many instances, stimulates the unrest it is de- 
sired to allay. The next four years will be of crucial importance 
In the Filipino people. The one man who thoroughly under- 
stands the problems awaiting solution in the troubled archipelago 
will be in the presidential chair. Railroads are being constructed 
at the present ti to all parts of the islands, and American 

capital is preparing to invest in other ventures. If. however, the 

natives expect a full measure of assistance from the American 
Government, and (he free sympathy of He- American people, a 
of front, as indicated by lie editorial commenl of theii 
papers, is desirable. 

Sen itob Tillman. 

It ha> remained For the Senator from 

Snnth Carolina to prove that his de- 
tractors in his home state have been 
right when they have averred that he was only "'po' white trash, 
anyhow !" 

The man who will make a great bluff such as this toga 
made when he was originally accused, and then crawl out from 
under the proof that he was lying by saying that he had inad- 
vertently used the word ''considered" for the word "contracted," 

is indeed "po" white trash." Senator Tillman is possessed at 

much gift of the gab. and is a natural exponent of the forensic 
art. hut no manner of sarcasm or counter charge may eliminate 
the stain that he himself has placed upon bis name, lb- has 
spelled it out in large letters, and the legend reads 1-i-a-r! 

Thegambli 9 cramentoa wins. 

They are moving Heaven and Hell to make the Oakland mer- 
chants take a hand, on the ground thai the loss by era 
by a score does not equal the loss of trade by tl if the 

track. The Oakland merchant is made of "different stuff. He 
is honest. 


-It's a pretty tough job to make of a Legislature a di 

San Francisco News Letter 

January lfi, 190!). 

Out on Albion avenue at number 13!) 
A Socialist Nest. is the local headquarters of the ram- 

pant socialist. The News Letter 
wishes to call the attention of Chief of Police Cook to this mat- 
ter. Here the socialist holds forth in the must flagrant manner, 
and he should be suppressed! Here i* one of the manifestos is- 
sued by the socialists who congregate at this rendezvous. They 
should all be run in. and such of them as arc foreigners should 
be deported. The secret service branch of the immigration de- 
partment should take cognizance of the fact that here are hell- 
hounds gathered from all parts of the world, who may easily be 
sent to their original kennels on the ground that they are un- 
desirable, .v drag-net should be spread, and the whole bunch 
corralled and put to some use in the prisons or on rock piles or 
deported. The manifesto is as follows, and it is similar in tenoi 
to those issued previous to. and is intended to bring about results 
similar in, the Ilaymarkct riots, in Chicago: 


The Courts declare that it is a crime to boycott and picket an 
unfair employer. 

The Courts declare ibat workmen have no right to aid one an- 
other in their struggle for more wages and shorter hours. 

The Courts declare that a worlcingman lighting his boss has 
no right of free press or free speech. 

The Courts declare that the capitalists can black-list you and 
go scot-free; but you are a criminal if you black-list them. 

A convicted capitalist is fined, but never jailed, and the line i< 
released by the higher courts. 

A convicted workingman 

But what's the use? 

You know the courts are rotten. 

This is "LAW." 

Law is not justice. Law is only the will of political power. 
And the capitalists have that power. 

There is no difference in effect between judge-made law and 
legislative law. It is all the will of the capitalist class. 

Your petitions, your protest-, your memorials, get you nothing 
from the capitalist Government. 

The only thing that will serve your interest is working-class 
action through the Socialist Party. 

The capitalists laugh at you. Their Republican and Demo- 
cratic political henchmen treat you with scorn and contempt. 

Their judges solemnly abjure you to obey the Load. Their law! 

You must listen humbly to your master's voice — and, like a 
good dog, obey ! 

Obey! while five speech is throttled! 

Obey! while free press is destroyed! 

Obey! while your officers are imprisoned anil your organiza- 
tions are suppressed ! 

Obey! while your standard of living is driven down and your 
\\i\ej and families suffer for the necessaries of life. 

To obey is contemptible! 

The courts (hat command you In obey are contemptible! 

ff you are men. and not slaves, you will not obey. Von will 
light with every means available against such tyrannical power. 

You will express your contempt for the contemptible c 'ts. 

Year after year you have been told to stay out of politics, or 
you have voted for Republicans and Democrats, both of which 
parties arc devoted to the interests of the capitalist class. 

Now you have no political party and no power to save your 
lenders or to help yourselves. 

Can it be possible that you have thrown away your votes? 

If you. fellow-workingmen, want the law to be favorable to 
you, you must seize the political power. You must organize with 
us into a political party devoted entirely to the workers" cause. 

Back of Judge Wright stands the old political parties and (be 
entire capitalist system, which you have always supported by your 

Join us now to overthrow that system, and win the world for 
the working class. 

Local San Francisco Socialist Party, Headquarters ami Read- 
ing-room. 139 Albion avenue, bet. 16th and 17th, Valencia and 
Guerrero Sts., San Francisco. 

The Little Feiend 
of 'rut: Anarchist. 

Mr. William 11. Hearst never lets 
his right hand know what bis left 
band is doing. In bis magazine, he 
is busily engaged trying to break 
into the seleci circles of Gotham society. He publishes the por- 
trait of bis son as among those born with a silver spoon in their 
mouths, amid columns of toadying praise of the rich, fn his 
San Francisco paper lie is currying the favor of the people he 
lias often denied. In the New York Evening Journal he is try- 
ing lo make the hair-brained anarchist or trades unionist take 
the law in his own hands and dynamite the judiciary. 

In the issue of December £8th, in 
DACHSHUND JUDGES. the Evening Journal he voices sen- 

timents such as these. Speaking of 
the sentence of Gompera and his confreres to prison, for con- 
tempt of court, his editor says: ''That sentence makes it clear 
that in this country a juiIl'c on the bench, even a petty, unknown, 
unimportant judge, with no more real record than a first ela~s 
dachshund, stands in dignity and majesty above all (he people." 
"As we have told you. these are the days of money, not of men. 
Money is powerful, and men are weak. The so-called perfect sys- 
tem of universal suffrage and government by the majority has 
become almost a first-class joke in a country where the majority 
do no! rule at all." "And this we say with no personal comment 
on' Judge Wright, of whom we never heard before, and of whom 
we should be quite content never to hear again." 

The language used by Hearst and 
At His Old THICKS, quoted by us. is only a partial re- 

port of the entire blackguard, con- 
temptible, lire-brand editorial. William Randolph Hearst is at 
bis obi tricks again, and if he does not counsel the shooting of 
judges who have "no more real record than a first-class dachs- 
hund," we will be surprised, and if some hair-brained anarchistic 
follower of the man-without-a-place-that-will-allow-bim-lo-call- 
it-his-bonie does not take the advice and shoot the judge, we will 
be equally astonished. Mr. Hearst, just now. is laving the fuse 
for a bomb. 

While sealed in a local cheap theatre last week, which ad- 
vertises that 100,000 people I >nth pass through its dooj-s, the 

writer received another proof of the appalling ignorance 
of some of his fellow citizens. The interlocutor propounded the 
old conundrum anent the difference between a hanker and a 
burglar. As the reply came from the end man lo the effect thai 
while the banker worked from 10 a. m. to 3 p. m.. the burglar's 
hours were from 10 p.< m. to 3 a. m., a shout went up from the 
audience, and several individuals exclaimed: "That's so!" What 
i Ise is to be expected from fools whose chief mental pabulum is 
painfully absorbed from Brisbane's editorials? 





No Branch Stores. No Agents. 

THIS LABEL .8 ON ^^ j^. ^ (jfe ™ 



Only prejudiced people have their clothes made. Tiny have t-> 
pay more money than we charge, have lota of trouble with try- 
ons and other things, and even then, if they don't lit, • 'i t" ^ 
yours truly." isn't it hum.- comfortable and profitable to come 
to a shop like ours, make your selection, try it on; perhaps, 
with a trifle alteration, you're suited and fitted. If not, wnj 
then you know. The clothes belong to us; we mi because we 

must.' "My tailor" can't afford to treat you like this. 

Jewelers Building, Poft Street, near Kearny, San Francisco 

Jantjabi L6, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


-California appears to be the happy hunting ground of all 

the cults, creeds and isms on earth. The people in the land of 
sunshine, fruit ami flowers are apparently more susceptible than 
any other, or they are more tolerant, but at any rate, we are 
harboring more religious takers than any other State in the 
country. Ami no matter how many limes some people are bun- 
koed oui of their hard-earned pelf by a lot of arrant crooks mas- 
querading as envoys of the Lord and claiming to hold the sole 
secret of redemption, they bite, bite again. They are just as easy 
prey for the next charlatan that comes along to rob them of their 
peace of mind and their cash. The lesson never seems to sink in 
to even skin depth. Down in San Jose, the Holy Rollers are at it 
again. It would seem that the people of San Jose had enough 
of them when they learned of the attempted kidnapping of Daisy 
Moore, the pretty twenty-three-year-old girl, last week, and with 
what, difficulty was attended her rescue and the breaking of the 
hypnotic influence held over her by the chief of the alleged re- 
ligionists, but apparently they have not exhibited enough gump- 
tion to put a few of the ring-leaders in jail and disperse the 
others, for the Holy Rollers arc still tolerated. Last Sunday, 
the members of this notorious sect threw down the barricades of 
their house of worship and held some services in the streets con- 
sisting mostly of a lot of weird shouting, dancing, wailing and 
emitting of sounds of joy. That a civilized community should 
tolerate such a condition of affairs passeth understanding. These 
fakers are a menace to the peace of the community, and the weak- 
minded and susceptible who might be lured into the fold should 
be protected by the city authorities if they have no gray matter 
to dominate their actions. 

Some of our local society women occasionally indulge in 

slunts that secure for them a goodly amount of notoriety, but 
which should rightfully render them eligible of entrance into a 
home for the feeble-minded, but. their English sisters generally 
manage to go them several better. They indulge in all sorts of 
crazes in Lunnon town. Slumming, of course, is passe ami a 

very trite means of entertainmenl in these days, and electioneer- 
ing has been vastly overdone. Wherefore a new fad has been 
put in commission. I understand it was the Duchess of New- 
castle that started the ball a-rolling. She and numerous others 
of the peerage are engaged in the noble work of scrubbing oul 
churches. Armed with brooms, dusi-pans. mops and oilier im- 
plements of like nature, they may be seen on the streets wending 
their sanctified ways to some house of worship any of these 

mornings for the purpose of cleaning up a religions edifice that 
is nol overblessed with worldly goods. Thus the "houses of tied" 
are being kepi in tine order, the humble clergymen are happy, 
ami the regal ladies are getting all the attention in the press 
that their hearts desire. Of course, these kindly feminine ■ 
are manifestly insincere, for if they wished to do some real help 
in churches and elsewhere, they could do il bv the use of a 

slight expenditure of their extra currency, but of course 
a prosaie means of extending charity would nol help them much 
from an advertising standpoint, and so this idiotic fad will con- 
tinue until some brilliant individual in the hupper soi hap 
i,, think ni' something sufficientlj original in the way of a fresh 
slum. [ can't help wondering what Qod : soi them all. 

An Englishman oi ilious and consequently ig- 
norant variety, declares in a recent magazine article that after 
ten years oi experimenting we are still compelled to keep a large 
standing army in the Philippines, ami that our efforts there are 
a failure. Ii is invidious, perhaps, to make comparisons, but it 
rain from the retort that England, after "govern- 
ing" Ireland for 700 years, still finds il P a force 
of 12,001 ilarv there, in addition to the regular police 
n order to maintain her authority. As the population of Ireland 

the Philippines, and its area Ii as 
one-qnai archipelago, in ordi 

a proportion, the Tniled States should hai 
■ ned in the Philippines, whel 
have not one-tenth that number. 

A genius who is evidently capable of worse things, took 

the none of the Reverend Matt S. Hughes of Pasadena iii vain 
Il ther day. A large crowd was standing iii front of the 

church wailing for a parade, when a solemn-faced ascetic arrived 
mi the scene with 800 stools, and offered them to the waiting as- 
semblage, slating that the pastor had so authorized him. All he 
required was a deposit of 75 cents on each stool, which would be 
refunded at the church door. In a few minutes every -tool was 
disposed of. and the man disappeared with $150 in his pockets. 
Dr. Hughes, half an hour later, was trying to explain to an ex- 
ciled crowd who were waving fifteen cent stools aloft and de- 
manding 75 cents for their return, that he did not use stools of 
I ha I description. The trouble is over now. But two hundred 

I pie are the unwilling owners of second hand stools, that is, if 

they are not in possession of stolen property, for a man possessed 
of the adamantine nerve of this fellow would never pay for 
anything. Meanwhile ihe Looker-on is of the opinion that if the 
reverend gentleman did not indulge in some mental profanity, he 
is a marvel indeed. 

The children of Texas are after the man who resides in 

the White Plouse hot and heavy. Thousands of the youngsters in 
the largest State in the Union have banded together and signed 
a petition which will be sent to the wielder of the Big Stick, and 
which will request him not to kill any wild animals on his forth- 
coming African trip. It is believed that. 500,000 signatures will 
go to Washington from the school children of Texas, and it will 
be interesting to see what the President will say by way of re- 
sponse. There is no question in any right-thinking person's 
mind, of course, that the young 'uns are right. The killing of 
animals purely for the ''sport" that is supposed lo lie in it is 
manifestly inhumane, and our versatile ruler and coming news- 
paper man should be the first one to realize the fact and set the 
proper example. His answer in Ihe children will make interest- 
ing reading, and it will keep some of us guessing in the mean- 
time as to what ingenious method he will take for vindicating 

An individual whose faith in the vanity of human nature 

is doubtless not misplaced, advertises in a local paper as fol- 
lows: "Baggage stickers of swellest European hotels for sale 
cheap." If, in the near future, an amazing increase in the num- 
ber of trunks bearing the Outward and visible sign thai their 
owners have lately sojourned in ( 'laridge's Hotel. London, or 
Shepheard's, Cairo, is observed, it will be well to remember not 

to trust to appearances. 

Valparaiso has put no a large amount of money for the 

sufferers by earthquake in [taly. Good for our South American 
sisters. We know how if is! 

Announce that they 
are now holding* their 
Annual Clearance 
Sale of Ladies' Muslin 

Van Ness Ave. at Bush Street 

San Francisco News Letter 

January 16, 1909. 



"The Shame of California" has hecn touched wpon before in the columns of the 
Overland Monthly. The Race-Track is the "Slia.nn- of California," and, as these 
words are pennsd, the boys in the street are crying out an extra announcing an- 
other defalcation amounting to thousands of dollars, due to the mania for gam- 
bling in pools. 

The crop of embezzlers has been very large so far, and the season of raring is yet 
young. There are a number of men in jail awaiting trial, while the people of Cali- 
fornia are nailing to see what the Legislature of the big Stair, of California is go- 
ing to do. The news of any action in this matter by the law-makers will be re- 
ceived with pleasure in and out of prison wall*.' Many a striped convict iii, the 
prisons at Folsom and San Quentin will feel thai he has not lived in vain. Many a 
man not in prison will feel that at last something the State has failed to do to keep 
him and his children from harm has hern dour. II. is with a great deal of pleasure 
the editor asks of News Letter readers the lime necessary to read Mr. Qeorge 
Amos Miller's article of "The Shame of California." Mr. Miller treats of the sub- 
ject on Ike basis of its general aspect, and handles the situation from the legislative 
standpoint as well. — Editor News Letteb. 

[HE MOST important 
measure to come be- 
Fore the Legislature 
at Sacramento this 
year, otherwise known 
as the proposed anti- 
race-track gambling 
legislation, was not a 
direct issue at the lasi election. So out- 
rageous, however, had become the effects 
of the conduct of the Emeryville race- 
track that, without the clear-cut light, the 
voters of California elected to the legisla- 
ture a substantial majority of men known 
to favor the much needed and long-delayed 
reform legislation. By a splendid major- 
ity, the people proved themselves to be 
sound on the gambling question, and if 
voles alone could have closed the gates to 
the Inferno known as the entrances to the 
Emeryville track, they would have been 

locked no the Jay after il lection. 

In spite ol all that organized corruption 
could do. tin' people elected 28 out of -in 
Senators and. a good majority of the As- 
sembly. This was done without any gen- 
eral campaign agitation, any great per- 
sonal leadership from official sources, or 
the assistance of any great daily news- 
paper. It was distinctively a vote of the 
people, the common people who can usu- 
ally lie depended upon to do the right 
thing if they have half a chance. This 
year the chance was less than half, hut the 
people proved equal to the emergency, and 
s.nt up the men who were active in their 
opposition to the Emeryville (.'rime Fac- 
tory and its ill-gotten gains. 

These representative men are at Sac- 
ramento (his month to enact the will of the 
people. All California awails their de- 
cision. All the United States is watching 
their conduct and listening for the uews 

ol' the action that will lift the disgr 

race track crime breeding From the name 
of California. It can hardly he possible 
that men elected upon such an issue and 
personally committed to the support of a 

isure whose only effect will be the pro- 

tecti it property and the raising of mor- 
ality, can fail when the lot comes. Tin' 
people have clearly stated their sense of 

obligation to clean out a gang of thieves 
that has extended its stealings to every 

great trade center in the union, and they 

are now looking Lo their representatives to 

carry out their instructions. The light is 
Fairly on. the anli-raee-track gambling 
legislation will be introduced, and tin- re- 
sult is a matter of votes. On (he lac of 
the situation, decency and honesty should 
have an easy \ ictory. 

The victory will not lie easy, however. 
The gambling promoters, with (heir vast 
interests ami enormous profits, may be de- 
pended upon io leave no stone unturned 
to procure a verdict favorable to itself. 
Whatever money and influence and intimi- 
dation can do will be done. Whatever 
threats ami promises and combinations 

and cash and cheeks can buy will he 

bought. An institution that systematic 

Cally throws its rail's ami "dupes" its pa- 
Irons to the tunc of thirty-six millions of 
dollars per year will not stop at any meas- 
ure that may promise a continuance of 

the fat picking. 

If possible, ihe racing interests will pose 

as reform measures, anil hide under s e 

innocent looking scheme that covers a fat 

scoop for themselves. Of this Sort is the 
proposed plan to pass a law limiting race 
track gambling at any one track to thirty 
days only per year, thereby freezing out 
the local tracks and enabling the Jockey 
Club to operate six tracks in different 
places For the six months' racing season, 
or. if desirable, twelve tracks in twelve dif- 
ferent centers for twelve months of the 
year, with a grand itinerating force of op- 
erators to help shear the new crop of lambs 
every month. For ingenuity and profit- 
sharing attachments, the plan appears to 
be aboul perfect. 

The whole ease is now up to the legisla- 
tors. The most of these men really want 
■ to carry out the wishes of their constit- 
uents, so Far as these wishes are known, 
and so Far as they are able to effect them, 
their success depending upon Ihe exigen- 
cies ol' M.o getting and the vulnerability 
of the voter. The average man who goes 
lo the capito] is Far From being the veri- 
table bogie man pictured in popular opin- 
ion as concealing his hoofs with patent- 
leather and using Florida water for his 
brimstone breath, lie is not all bad at 
any time, nor is he some bad all of the 
time, though Ihe imaginary agitator pic- 
tures him as awaiting only the highest bid- 
der while ihe paymasters of Ihe big inter- 
ests stand about with checkbooks and coin 

bags. Neither is this hypothetical legisla- 
tor an invulnerable angel of light, incor- 
ruptible and undeliled. lie is an average 
man. in the main: that's bow he gels 
elected. His motives are Usually mixed. 

ami his methods complicated lo the prac- 
tical contingencies of the case. There are 

two sides to every Fence. 

The key to (he situation is ihe new man. 

the up-country legislator who comes to the 
capital with a general good intention oF 
voting For the measures that will please 

his friends the people. The men who have 
been elected on Ihe anti-gambling issue 

know that the people want the California 
Jockey Club pul out of business as com- 
pletely and quickly as possible. If this 
man' carries out his instructions. Ihe day 
is won; it he Fails, it is lost, and il' il is 
lost the people will rise up in their might 
am 1 find men who will do their bidding. 

The light this year at Sacramento is 
between the two ereal Forces of hon- 


and Flannels lies in their Soft- 
^<^-v ness and Fluffiness, and noth- 

~g Washable demands such 
^areful handling in the Wash. 
Avoid the Rubbing of Soap 
and Washboard that Mats 
the Fibres and makes them 
Hard and Shrunken before 
their time. Those who care 
most for Clean — Soft — 
Unshrunken Woolens and 
Flannels are Particular to Use 
PEARLINE according to 

1* Wash Woolens and Flannels by Hand in lukewarm 
1 II C PEARL'NE suds. Rinse thoroughly in Warm Water, 
Directions for Washing Wrin « Df X- P »» and „ Snake we II Dry in warm tern- 
Woolens and Flannels peralure, and they will Keep Soft Without Shrinking." 

January 16, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

and dishonesty . and the issue is clean 
cut and fairly drawn. In "practical" Leg- 
islation, however, there is a marked differ- 
ence between these two parties, and when 
nev man sets to Sacramento, he quick- 
ly finds it out. His constituents waul the 

il ambling hm enacted, and they are 
in earnest about it, but they are at home 
attending to their own affairs. The Emery- 
ville contingent is also in earnest, and its 
representatives are right on hand in the 
Lobby of the capitol. The anti-gambling 
issue is alone, and its champions will 
light a single-handed battle. The interests 
of the gamblers are purposely involved 
with every other big question that is to 
come up, and a vote against the wishes of 
the gamblers will usually be at the expense 
of a vot. lor some other entirely unobjec- 
tionable and very desirable measure. Polit- 
ical affiliations, party promises and per- 
sonal affinities will all play into the hands 
of the gamblers, and the man who does 
not feel some side draft will be very ob- 
tuse or very immovable, neither of which 
qualities are common to legislators. Since 
the anti-gambling law was not a direct is- 
sue at the last election, the ante-election 
platforms of these new men have not con- 
tained very rigid planking on the Emery- 
ville issue, and the staying qualities of 
some of them is yet to be tried out. 

The one force that will save the State is 
public opinion. The plainly expressed 
wish of the men who make up the personal 
Following and political backing of the in- 
dividual legislators, weighs tons in con- 
structive influence when the vote is taken 
at the capitol. These men are in the main 
fair-minded, and .when convinced that the 
people are really in earnest about it, are 
willing and anxious to carry out their 
wishes. Tf the sovereign common people 
could maintain a lobby at Sacramento as 
ably managed as that of special interests, 
si of the issues would be settled righi 

without any other pressure than thai of 

the wish of the people, nor would the 

legislators need any other motive than 
thai of their own sense of obligation i' 1 

the voters al home. These law-makers 
are nol all bad, bill i be] are all human, 

and when the pressure is al! from one side 
and the deals are all one way, lh"\ are 
human enough to conclude that, alter all. 

i ho people al home whom they represeni 
don't care so much, or they would say so 

more loudly. 

If is not strange that the new man does 

not Eortify himself in advance with large 
accumulations of special instructions. He 

doe, not know in advance what lateral 
pressure may arise, he prefers to go into 

the contest unfel lered, a has enough in- 
terests to look after in the ordinary course 
of political success without stirring up 
any more, and it is the business of the peo- 
ple who want things done to say so rather 
than that of the newly elected legislator to 
go nosing about looking for troubles. Since 
people differ on any issue, and there are 
always some people at home who favor the 
gambling interests and other special meas- 
ures valuable to their promoters, it is not 
strange that the legislator should seek 
rather to allay any incipient instructions 
than to arouse a lot of special and annoy- 
ing advice, uncertain in quality and often 
impracticable in nature. In this case, 
some of these men were elected because of 
their known opposition to the whole gam- 
bling ring, and these men have no doubt 
as to what is expected of them, and they 
may be depended upon to carry out the 

The Emeryville Race Track has made 
the name of California a moral stench and 
a public disgrace throughout the United 
States. It has degraded the citizenship, 
depreciated the property and debauched 
the youth of the bay region. Adjacent to 
the State University, and in the midst of 
a million people, the incorporated college 
of crime maintains its moral cesspool. 
Every man and woman who touches the 
unclean thing is contaminated by the filth 
of its moral pestilence. Every victim of 
its glittering delusion is inoculated with 
the poisoned microbe of the gambler's 
ethics. Every property interest is depre- 
ciated, the efficiency of employers i- 
enei! ami i lie whole state made poorei by 
the thirty-six millions of dollai 
diverted annually from the channels 

gitimaie i rade to pass through the hands 
of the professional gamblers who form 
faculty of this h «i ialized institu- 

tion. Two thousand employees 
from earning an honest living. rive or six 
hundred "hand hook makers" become para- 
Bites on the public, living on their steal- 
ings from thousands of bard-working men 
and women, and throughout the country 
deadly miasma of the gambling 
fever, than which no more insidious pi j 
is known to man. 

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"1 hear you anywhere in the room; why I 
could not hear ordinary conversation one 
foot away. 

"I have had the Acousticon now for 
nearly a year and it is all in all to me. Gold 
could not buy it if I could not get another. 

"St. Louis, Mo." 

The experience of Mr. Brown is the same 
as that of thousands who are now using the 
Acousticon — to them we have said as we 
now say to you: 

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San Francisco News Letter 

January 16, 1909. 

Tt is not surprising thai the German 
Germany in China. Colonial department is worried over 

the nation's territorial possessions in 
China. The wonder is. that China has delayed the day of reas- 
oning so long. Nor is it at all likely thai the Peking Govern- 
ment will become greatly alarmed at the threat of Germany's 
Minister of Colonies to send a great army and Davy to Kiao- 
Chau to right alleged wrongs committed against German com- 
mercial interests by Chinese merchants and traders. There is 
in China an organization composed of all sorts of natives called 
"Guardians of National Honor." It is not a political nor com- 
mercial organization, yet it is both, but the underlying spiril is 
patriotism and national pride. There is still another organiza- 
tion which works in harmony with the Guardians, called the 
"Chinese Merchants' Guild," or guilds, for there are many of 
them. For reasons entirely satisfactory to themselves, the Guar- 
dians and Guilds have worked up a strong anti-German senti- 
ment, which is rutting German imports and exports down to 
pretty near nothing. .Hitherto Germany has enjoyed a very 
large trade in the Tsingtau district, and because of the Chinese 
boycott, there is alarm in Berlin lest Germany be driven oul 
altogether; hence the threat to despatch a large military force 
to "protect" German interests in that quarter of the Far East 
But that whirh lies back of the boycott, and is actuating the 
Guardians and the Guilds is a spiril of revenge tor German 
wrongs committed years ago. China often submits, hut never' 
forgets, and the Guardians and the Guilds see, it is presumed, 
that the time has come in as-ert it sell' to uplift the "National 
Honor." A good many years ago Germany tried very hard to 
get a foothold on the China side of the Yellow Sea, and finally 
.lid secure a temporary harbor at Kiao-Chau. bui a "sphere 01 

influence" inland was 11 bjective point, and when the Peking 

Government refused the demand, the German Colonial Depart- 
ment conceived the brutal idea of playing a fiendish trick in the 
name of the "enlightening influences of Christianity. 'This was 
consummated by despatching three missionaries inland from 
Kiao Chan. The missionaries soon became so entangled with the 
local concerns of the district, and so oppressive to the native re- 
ligionists that the] were put to death. Their murder, which hail 
been provided for beforehand, so outraged the Berlin Govern? 
inent that nothing shori of a "sphere of influence" over the wt- 
ritory of Tsingtau would appease its holy wrath. The Peking 

(iovernnient ceiled the "sphere.'" and now the Guardians of 
National Honor anil the Chinese Merchants' Guilds, are calling 

to mind that cruel event. Berlin's threats will urn change the 

Tut; Xicai; Kvnt. 

Events in the Near Easl the laa 
week have i nieiisi lied the strain. 
II was hope. I that Austria's offer of 
$10,000,000 to Turkey lo remove her opposition to Austrian ah- 

sorption of Bosnia and Herzegovina would finally he accepted; 
and thus pave the wav lor the adjustment of the Balkan trouble 

hut many things of a most disquieting nature have developed 
meanwhile. Hoping that Austria would raise her offer lo sc'ii.- 
000,000, Turkey started a diplomatic play for lime, hul An~ 
tria not only declined further parley, hut withdrew her offer of 
$10,000,000, and flatly told the Sultan that she would no! paj 
a cent in any event. Seeing the situation more alarming than 
before, England and France have undertaken to avert war hv 
enlisting the support of the other nations, hut there are reasons 
lo doubt their sincerity beyond a desire to defer the first blow im- 
iil later in the spring. This conies of a positive statement hv 
Turkey that war would he preferahle to surrendering her suzer- 
ainty over the States in dispute without ample cash compenstF 
tion and certain commercial advantages. Russia continues lo 
conceal her position behind uncertain and misleading diplomacy, 
which makes the entire situation decidedly mixed, hut the im- 
pression is gaining ground that when it comes lo taking sides, 
she will cast her fortunes with Austria, unless the oilier power- 

agree in advance to guarantee the repeal of the Berlin treaty of 
1878, closing the Dardanelles to her warships, which Great Brit- 
ain lias thus far refused to give to under any circumstances. It is 
believed in diplomatic circles that Russia is scheming to assume 
an independent or neutral position in the event of war over the 
Balkan question, and meanwhile scheme to lake advantage of the 
weak condition in which the warring nations may find themselves 
when the Struggle is over. Ami while all this hacking and filling 
is going on. the situation grows more critical, with Servia be- 
coming more warlike every day. and at the rate insolence lo Aus- 
tria is being banded oul by King Peter and his ministers, ami 
the Parliament, Francis Joseph will he obliged to resent it with- 
out, waiting for campaign weather. 

President Castro, of Venezuela, will 
Ok General Interest, not return to his country, and in 

view of that fact, Y ice- President 
i cane/, is now practically President, in fact, and has sent a 

minister plenipotentiary to adjust the differences which have 
existed between his country ami i he several nations of Europe. 

No one doubts that his mission will he successful in all respects : 
besides, his success will revive the plan of Dr. Drago, father of 
the Drago doctrine, to establish a clear and well-defined hasi< 
of co-operation in all international concerns between all the Latin 
American Stales. — The new Sultan of Morocco has purchased 

a newspaper plant, ami his extreme modesty prompts him to say 

that he wants a Siate newspaper thai the world may he re- 
minded from time lo lime how verv great he is, and that France. 

not Germany, is his bosom friend. — li is a race between china 

ami Japan to see which -hall nes'le I he closest lo I'nele Sam. — 
The Turkish Parliament is gaining the respeel of the nations 

ever} day because of the conservative spirit that pervades all 

official action and of the harmony between the several religious 

Promptness is a characteristic of the Spaulding Carpel 

Cleaning Company. Thoroughness is another, and the housewife 

who entrusts her rugs or carpets to this firm is a walking adver- 
tisement of iis efficiency. Every quality that goes to ensure an 
ever-increasing patronage is the practice of this reliable house. 
The address is 925 Golden Gate avenue. 

The Citizens' Alliance. 920 Merchants' Exchange, calls 

the attention of the public to their Free Labor Bureaus, loci I 

at No. In City Hall avenue, San Francisco, ami No. .sill Broad- 
way. Oakland. All classes of male help furnished absolutely free. 

Subscription lo the Citizens' Magazine. $1 per year. Orders 


A bargain: Automatic addressing machine, cost $350; Rem- 
ington No. i;. $115; 5.000 stencils.' $7.50 : Sundries, $50. Total 
$522.50. Will be sold cheap. If interested, see manager, room 
16, 773 Market street. 

The high art Japanese exhibit in the Marsh's new Japan- 
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Janxtabx 16, 1900. 

and California Advertiser 


*"7Z& cleyjHui*>9 faFJ'jbtxacj—li.fcrJl 

By Babnett Franklin. 
Upton Sinclair's "Prince Wagon" is a Theatrical Nightmare. 

For a period of two acts 1 eat through the initial production 
of Upton Sinclair's "Prince Hagen" at the Valencia Theatre 
last Monday night and wondered vaguely whether T was quite 
awake or whether my understanding of tilings histrionic had de- 
parted completely. Or had I at ray tender age heen suddenly 
stricken with paresis? Horrible thought! T gasped in sheer 
desperation, and tried to clear my thinking-apparatus with a 
quick, herculean effort. That I was clearly awake and thoroughly 
conscious was evidenced just before the dropping of the curtain 
by an "Oh, excuse me!" of the lady seated behind, who had 
ascertained, through a very audible "Ouch!" on my part, that 
shr had mistaken my left shoulder-blade Eot some upholstery in 
which lii sink the point of a sixh-on-inch hat-pin. But this little 
incident did not even so much as bc'ruffle me. T knew then that 
I was reclv and truly awake, and hummed a few notes with TTcrr 
Heller's symphony orchestra in sheer joy. And that T was not 
suffering from the other ailments mentioned was apparent as soon 
as I had reached the theatre's vestibule and interrogated a few 
friends, and had in turn been interrogated by them. For we 
were largely in the same boat. Then I knew that I was sane, 
and, good folk, you cannot possibly appreciate the sweetness of 
the sensation. I drew in several moufhsful of the invigorating 
rain-scented atmosphere of Valencia street, and walked back to 
my seat completely rejuvenated. The distressing doubts had 

All of which is not intended to be accepted as a parcel of 
frivol, as those of you who were not there last Monday night may 

choose to think, for "Prince Flagen" proved a theatrical night- 
mare, and CTpton Sinclair as unsuccessful a playwrighl ae he ia 

siirri'ssful as a nrackraker. In a vague sort of way, a glimmer- 
ing cornea to i >f whai Mr. Sinclair has attempted to portray 

in his fantastic hodge-podge masquerading us a drama. II is uol 
unsympathetieally that T judge Sinclair and his socialistic doc- 
trines, for. with many others, who arc not avowedly banded Bin- 
der the flag of Socialism, I have a certain regard and belief in 
the theoretical excellence of many of them. The discovery of 
their practical value, and the possibility of putting even the 
most conservative of some of these notions into execution, is, 
however, a matter that is many, many years off. And the Utopia 
that is part of Mr. Sinclair's creed, and which he presumes to 
exploit in "Prince Hagen," is too completely visionary for this 
age, at any rate. I can't answer for posterity. 

But it is solely from a dramatic standpoint that I am con- 
cerned with Mr. Sinclair's play and not the socialistic principles 
involved in it, except where they offend. And at the start, I 
would say that, fully conscious as I believe I am of the play's 
few good qualities, it must be dubbed as being absolutely impos- 
sible. Some may affect to see boldness in the expression of the 
author's views, but f only find crudity; some may discover fan- 
tasy where I merely perceive a raw attempt at creating atmos- 
phere through the introduction of some near-weird stunts. But, 
detailed dissection aside, the play fails abjectly because it is non- 
understandable by an audience. Mr. Sinclair has not even pro- 
duced a coherent preachment on Socialism and [Ttopianism, 
which was his primary intention, for the very obvious reason 
that he does not know the craft of the stage. And even though 
he had the powers of an Ibsen, his material belongs essentially 
between book-covers and in the lecture hall. We do not want 
the deliberate theatricalized preachment; it is not the province 
of the stage to preempt the province of the pulpit or the forum. 
The play that points a moral or advances a doctrine must be one 
in which the moral or doctrine is subordinated to interest in the 
dramatic action itself. Henry Arthur .Tones is one contemporary 
dramatist who preaches, and master-craftsman that he is, he 
ever makes prodigal use of the repressive-pedal in the exploita- 
tion of his central issue. Fearful at offending his audience by 

from Sherlock Holnus at ffci Vilencia Theatre mil week. 


San Francisco News Letter 

Janimhy 16, 1909. 

Miss Julia Heme, who will appear at the Orphewm next week. 

a pretense at super-knowledge, he cloaks his "message" with the 
saving graces of his art Ami what a Jones refrains from doing, 
is not within the possibilities of a tyro. 

The mere "plot" of "Prince Hagen" has to do with a series 
of absolutely inconsisteni developments in the morals of the 
prince, who is the sun of Alberich, king of the Nibelungen. From 
the bowels of the earth he emerges I" become a ward politician, 
ami subsequently the richest man in the world, who subjugates 
Wall street and brings coal barons and steel kings and all Borts of 
magnates to his Eeet. He also falls in Love with an heiress who 
is enamored of a poet, and some sort of interesl ought to be en- 
gendered in this connection as to who will win her. But, as 
Mr. Sinclair unravels the story, you do no! care a rap. Then there 
are a lot of gnomes, seeking to carry the prince away with them, 
who appear at Btrange moments and wander around the stage 
to some exquisite music. Eventually the gnomes triumph and 
take Hagen underground against his expressed desires. II is 
very thrilling. 

In fact, the gnomes are about the only things worth while in 
the play, or, at least they are in the mysterious darkness of the 
scene in the "bowels of the earth." But in the library of a New- 
port mansion these little Nibelungen are solely suggestive of 
opera bouffe, and, at the risk of being charged with :i woeful 
lack of imagination, I musl Bay 'lint the entrance of Mimi. a 
star Nibelungen — better known tq her friends as Peggy Mon- 
roe — through a creaking trap-door in a profusely lighted Bowery 
saloon, is far from convincing. If this particular sprite had 
made himself beholden to the gang of whiskey-soaked hangers-on 
that had exited a moment before, there might have been some 
sense of consistency in it, but it was the poet in the person of 
Thomas, MaeLarnie who was made to "see things,'' and Mr. Mae- 
Larnie, to'my knowledge, had not taken a drink during the even- 
ing. In addition to the foregoing, Sinclair made a speech after 
(he first act which was manifestly in the poorest taste, and in 
which he disclosed, with far more clarity than is evidenced in 

his play, a few of those pel doctrines of his (hat should he voiced 
from the lecture-platform and not the stage. 

The best that may be said of "Prince Hagen" is that Eor ;i 
stock theatre out here in the woolly West to stage such a pre- 
tentious production, and "take a chance" on its success, is very 
commendable indeed. The Valencia Theatre management has 
spent a great deal of money and has given the play a dress thai 
is exceedingly lavish. The two scenes of the first act are especi- 
ally-fine. Herman Heller has deftly adapted the Wagnerian 
musical themes thai are interwoven in the play and, with an 
augmented orchestra, produces delightful music — the only thing 
of the evening your auditory neves can thoroughly enjoy. 

The acting generally was capable, although there are but a 
couple oi pails of any magnitude. Robert Warwick, from the 
standpoint of pure acting, was an altogether splendid and virile 
Hagen, and Blanche Stoddard, in the colorless part of Estelle 
Isman, the heiress, was quite efficient. She was at 'her best in the 
opening scene. Mr. MacLarnie's speech near the end of the play 
must be especially singled out, for it was admirably read. 

But "Prince Hagen" as a drama is hopelessly impossible and 
woefully obtuse. When Miss Stoddard in Hie last act said : "Now 
I understand!" after Mimi had kindly given her t he informa- 
tion thai Hagen was a Nibelungen, I envied her those words, for 
I was verj much in the -dark, and 1 longed for enlightenmSht. 

* * * 

"Sweet Kitty Bellairs" is a Success "/ the Alcazar. 

'■Sweet Kitty Bellairs," ;; play written hy David Belasco and 
founded upon -'The Bath Comedy." by Bgerton Castle, is the 
Alcazar's hill for the fortnight, and no more successful produc- 
tion has been put on in a long time in the Sutter street Btocl 
house. Seenically and otherwise there is everywhere- evidenced 
a greal elaborateness; the stage pictures are quite beautiful, and 
thing possible has been don:' to secure the atmosphere of the 
days gone by. Like all costume plays, "Sweet Kitty Bellairs" is 
full of duels and pretty speeches and dances, but there is a curi- 
ous charm in these "pretty" plays, and the abundant sentiment 
with which they are interlarded is always palatable to the aver- 
age audience. 

Evelyn Vaughan has the title role and she makes a run- picture 
in her picturesque costumes, and her sense of Hibernian humor 
is infectious. In fact, it is an exquisitely charming characteri- 
zation in its entirety, and one of the very besl things to Miss 
Vaughan's credit since she fa i- played in this city. 

The acting of the cast is so eminently capable and thoroughly 
efficient that it does not call for individual enumeration. The 
whole performance is admirably balanced and the production 

most excellent. 

* * * 

"Fifty Minutes from Boston" nl the American,. 

A Cohan play that is new to us has been vastly entertaining 
audiences at the American Theatre this week. "Fifty Miles from 
Boston" is mixed after the usual Cohan recipe, for il has the 
regulation action and farcical situations, a wealth of melodrama, 

and the usual Cohan songs interspersed in the action. But Ibis 

particular play is a much better affair structurally than the 

Cohanisms we have had in the past, and the melodrama in it 
oilers real thrills. The Bongs, too, are of the v. hislleablc sold, and 
have a fine popular swing. 

Of course, as in all Cohan shows, il- success depends upon the 
interpretation of the main roles by the actors, and in the Amer- 
ican's production (here i- little of I'aull to find. The principals 
have ail been carefully selected for their lilness and capability. 
and the result is a sprightly, snappy performance. Suzanne 
Westford makes'thc greatest individual hit as Mrs. Tilford, the 
gossip and general scandal-monger of Brooklicld: Percy Helton, 
Charles Willard and Joseph M. Sparks do good work, and the 
others are satisfactory. 

Vaudeville at the Orpheum. 

'the Three Yoscarys, with a rattling acrobatic act, Mr. and 
Mrs. Gene Hughes in a humorous farce, "Suppressing the Press," 

are the best new features of the Orpheum's hill. Anna l.ielder. 

of old Tivnli fame, warbles ■pleasingly as of yore and Rogers 

and Deely are back again, 'tin- hold-overs round out the bill. 

* * * 

"Brewster's Millions" ,ii ih<< Van Ness. 

The same production and practically the same company as last 
year is doing the clever dramatization of (leorge Ban McCut- 
cheon-S novel, and the performance is just as amusing as before. 
Robert Ober plays the leading part in excellent spirit. 

JANDAEI 16, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 



The V in fiess Theatre has secured an unusually strong attrac- 
tion for two weeks, cominencing Monday night, in the appearance 
of Mr. E. 11. Sothern. For liis lirsl week's engagement, Mr. 
Sothern has selected three of the mosl importanl plays of liis en- 
tire repertoire and their widely diversified dramatic appeal oughl 
in popularize his engagement with all theatre-goers. Mr. Soth- 
ern's firs! week repertoire will hi' presented as Follows: 

Monday night and Saturday matinee, "Hamlet;" Tuesday, 
Wednesday and Thursday nights in the romantic drama, "Rich- 
ard Lovelace;" Friday and Saturday nights, "Lord Dundreary." 

Since Mr. Sothern appeared here, he lias won increasing honors 
in England, where ho played a Shakespearean engagement with 
Miss Julia Marlowe. 

"Richard Lovelace" is Mr. Sothern's latest, dramatic achieve- 
ment. Like in '"If I Wc-re King," Mr. Sothern appears as a poet- 
warrior. The seenes are laid in 1650. Lovelace, like the hero 
in "If I Were King," was an historical poet, who also went to 
war. The play was written by Laurence Irving-, son of Sir 
Henry living-. The second week's repertoire will be announced 

* * * 

A second week of "Sweet Kitty Bellairs" is announced by the 
Alcazar management, supplemented with a statement that the 
advance demand for seats is so heavy as to make a third week of 
the Belasco success not at all impossible. With more than half 
a hundred people employed in an acting capacity, with a series 
of stage pictures that appea] by their elaborateness and beauty, 
and with a musical setting that is appropriate, David Belaaco's 
adaptation of Kgevton Castle's charming story of old Bath is well 
treated at the Sutter street playhouse. Of the acting, it can 
only he said that if the people engaged in it had spent as many 
months as they devoted days to its study and rehearsal, their 
work could not be more satisfactory. To hear the prologue, which 
is a pretty feature of the play, the audience must be seated before 

8:10 o'clock. 

* * * 

"Prince Hagen," Upton Sinclair's •drama, will receive its final 
presentations at the Valencia Theatre Sunday afternoon and 
evening, and on Monday night that gripping and fascinating tale 
of detective life, "Sherlock Holmes," dramatized from A. Oonan 
Doyle's spell-binding adventures of that mysterious man by 
William Gillette, and played by him with such great success; will 
receive an elaborate production. 

The cast of Sherlock Holmes will include all the favorites of 
the Valencia stock company, and as Oonan Doyle's world-famed 
detective-hero, Robert Warwick will ha\e one of the opportuni- 
ties of his career. Thomas MacLarnie should be perfectly at 
home as Dr. Watson, Holmes's friend and counselor, ami ('has. 

Dow ("'lark, as Benjamin Forman, the detective's "understudy," 
will again haw a chance of showing bis versatility. Blanche 
Stoddard will be Alice Faulkner, and Lillian Andrews the 
moi her. Tin' oilier roles will he well cast. Nothing will be left 

undone to make the production a perfect one, and the capable 

mechanical stall' of the theatre is working [light and day to dis- 
tinguish itself. "Pretty Peggy" will follow Sherlock Holmes at 
I he Valencia. 

* * • 

Florence Roberts and a capable company will appear at the 
American commencing Sunday matinee. January 17th, in her 
latest success, "The House of Bondage." in Seymour Obermer. 
In this play, Miss Roberts is Been in a character thai is said to 
lit particularly well the grea roal talents of which she is 

-e,l. The Milwaukee Sentinel recently said: "The play 
compels instant interest through the dramatic strength of its 

Central theme, a variation of the familiar trinity idea new 

>kiL;e. and which places the life of the unloved husband volun- 
tarily in the hands ot the surgeon who loves the wife and is 

>\ her. It embra natac situations of such oi 

eept ami treatment thai it gives promise of unusual success. Miss 

Roberts plays the wife with charm and grace. It is an admirable 

of acting, the more BO MlSB Roberts lias so many 

resources upon which the pari makes no deman Support 

is highly adequate." 

* * * 

The Orpbeiim programme for k will be headed by 

Miss Julia Herne, a daughter of the famous playwright and ac- 
tor, dames A. Heine. MJSS Heme will pres. nt a sketch written 
by herself and George D. Parker, called "A Mountain I 

which depicts a thrilling incident in the Tennessee Moun- 

tains, where the 11101 nishiner is ever on the alerl I'm' the \i-il of 
the sheriff. Jewell's Manikins, the best ihanical exhibition 

of lis kind on the Stage, will contribute an act. called "Tovhind 

Vaudeville,* in which the puppets impersonate the Teddy bears, 

Madame li'onz. Vesta Victoria and other famous stage folk. I'.erl 
Howard and Kllie Lawrence will be guilty of a fane called "The 
Stage Manager." The Chadwiek Trio will appear in a farce en- 
titled, "For Sale. Wiggins" Farm." The Joscelin Trio, the pre- 
mier acrialisls of the world, will introduce a novel and attractive 
act. Edwin Latell will return for next week Only, which will 
he tin- hist nf the Three Yosearys and Mi-, and Mrs. Gene Hughes. 

The latter will he seen in i new farce- called "A Malri in 


Kolb and Dill arc slill appearing in "The Politicians'' at. the 
Princess Theatre to crowded and enthusiastic houses. Next week- 
will most positively ho the last of this farce. Monday, January 
the twenty-fifth, Kolb and Dill will appear- in "Bankers and 
Brokers," which is pleasantly remembered as one of their greatesl 

GO — Of course you'll go to the 

Valencia Theatre 


Valencia Street, between 13th and 14th 
Telephone. Market 17 

The only steam heated theatre in the city. 

This and tomorrow afternoon and evenings, last times of PRINCE HAGEN. 

Commencing Monday evening, January i8th, 

William Gillette's greatest success, presented by the Valencia Stock Company 

including Robert Warwick and Blanche Stoddard. 

Regular matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Prices — 25c. 
to 50c. Evenings, 25c. to 75c. Box seats, $1.00. 

Monday, January 25-PRETTY PEGGY. 

, , , . . , ELLIS ST., NR. FILLMORE 

KsH/llL Absolutely Class A Theatre Building. 

Beginning this Sunday afternoon. Matinee every day. 

JULIE HERNE & CO.. in "A Mountain Cinderalla;" Jewell's Manikins Bert 
Howard and Eftie Lawrence: The Chadwiek Trio: The Josselin Trio; Edwin 
Latell, Return for this week only; Mr. and Mrs. Gene Hughes, in "'A Matrimon- 
ial Substitute." New Orpheum Motion Pictures. Last week immense sensation 
The Three Yosearys. Europe's Foremost Athletic Eccentrics. 
Evening prices — 10c, 25c, 50c. 75c. Box Seats — $1. Matinee 
prices (except Sundays and holidays). 10c, 25c, 50c 
Phone West 6000. 

aA / YY) OOf*^ On *V) iri Oft "t lf*0 '^ n^ ' te, S*- near Seventh. Phone Market 381 
JTl fll/tsf (/VtVlV J. fVt/U/b! t> The playhouse of comfort and safety 

One week commencing Sunday matinee. January 17th. 
John Cort presents America's foremost artist 

In her latest and greatest stia'es-. THE HOUSE OE BONDAGE by Seymour 

Prices— Evenings, orchestra first 10 rr>ws, $1.5°; balance <>f orchestra 50c. 75c 
$1.00; balcony, asc 50c. and 75c. Malinees 25c 50c and 75c. 

Van Ness Theatre 

Phone Market 500 
Monday. January itth. Mr. E. H. SOTHERN 
MnnJ.iv nichi anj Saturday matinee. HAMLET. Tyesda\. Wednesday and 

ThursJ.iv nights. Ule romantic Jr.ima bv Laurence Iryinc 

Friday and Saturday ni^-lits. LORD DUNDREARY. 
Prices $2 to 50c. Coming. "The Wolf." 

New Alcazar Theatre ^""'Zl'tTZ' 

r Street! 
Phone Wed 6036 

Belasco & Mayer. Owners and Managers. Absolutely Class A Bldg 
Monday night. January iSth, surfs the second and last week of David 
Belasco's cmedv of the heart 

Adapted from Egerton Castle's famous story. "The Bath Comedy." 
Trices: MMinees Saturday and Sunday. 25c to 50c. Evenings. 
25c to SI .00. 

A Theatre. 

i Holidays i 
.'.",_., 75c 




Matinee Saturday and Sunday. This and next week only 

In their immensely tunnv sac 

Mondav evening. January a 5 th. KOLB & DILL in BANKERS AND BROKERS 

A. W. Best 

Best *s Art School 

1628 Bush Street 

Life Classes 
Day and Night 

Alice Best 




San Francisco News Letter 

January 16, 1909. 



Boston, the home of prudery, is waking up. And in no mild 

fashion,' either, if you please. Boston is waking up with a ven- 
geance. There was a time when the most harmless production 
of "The Black Crook" was barred from the precincts of the Hub 
City, but no - are being rapidly changed. In a copy of a 

Boston paper before me, I gain the information from an adver- 
tisement thai 3omi thing in the amusement line absolutely un- 
known to us of the woolly West is to be an attraction at a Boston 
concert hall. Thus does the announcement read: "HELLO! 
Eh? "What is it? Cora Livingston, the world's greatest female 
wrestler, will appear with the original Howard show. You know 
(he Howard — always a slickerine show. "We can fix you up for 
a couple of seats down in front if you'll hurry * * * And you 
know Cora, the wrestler. * * * Talk about your swell figure! 
Here's a girl that makes them .ill look like a lot of selling p 
She's the real queen, all right. * * * We've a bunch of skirts, 
too, that are all to the good. * * * But Cora, the girl _ with the 
velvety figure, blue eves and the grip that holds you to it. * * * 
Can she wrestler Well, we should say she can. Just think of it, 
boys, here's a tight exhibitor who weighs only 135 pounds and 
vet can stow them all away in short order. Cora's sweet smile 
changes to a tiger-like stare when the word is given. Her fight- 
ing spirit shows itself on the mat. And Cora will be at the 
Howard this week with jingles, and ready to meet all comers." 

This is just a little from the advertisement, which enticingly 
(ells the aesthetic Bostonian of Cora's earthly charms, for there 
is one complete column of it. But what do you think of Boston ? 
She sure is waking up. 

* * * 

The murder of Sergeant of Police Xolting, by three soldiers, 
while engaged in the performance of his duty, demands the 
prompt application of the severest penalty of the law. It might 
also be not ill-timed if some of the ruffianly dive-keepers of the 
Barhary i 'oast, who sell liquor openly to men who are u 
cated, were stripped of their license to add to crime and thug- 
gery. These men are not men, save in physical semblance. They 
bring disgrace, not on themselves, for that is not possible, but on 
the entire liquor interests. A man who sells liquor to another 
who is evidently not in a condition to drink it, or who is laboring 
under any intense excitement, is pariicept morally, in 

any infraction of the law that may result. 

There are men engaged in this business in the tough district 
of San Francisco who. if they received their deserts, would 
stretch hemp. The broad minded man is not usually in favor of 
prohibition, but the repeated occurrence of such crimes as this, 
resulting direetlj from over-indulgence in liquors supplied by 
human ghouls, would almost indicate such a policy to be the 
only effective one. 

Tt is up to the authorities to investigate ihe personnel of the 
Barbary Coast dive-keepers with a fine discernment, and weed out 
the instigators and abettors of crime. 

* * * 

A logical successor to the vandal who amused himself in this 
city last year by squirting ink on the gowns of fashionably 
dressed Ladies has appeared in Indianapolis. This individual 
lias succeeded in baffling the entire detective force thus far. ,in I 
the despatches state that there is not a night but expensive 
gowns are ruined at theatres by being smeared with tar. 

The last exploit of this individual consisted of dropping half 
a hundred balls of the same material on the carpets of (he Grand 
Opera House, and though six detectives were on the watch, he 
managed to elude capture. The tar was trampled underfoot, to 
the ruin of the carpets of the theatre. Tt is quite probable (bat 
the San Francisco vandal and the Indianapolis knave are one 
and the same individual, for it does not seem reasonable (o sup- 
bat Providence would permit the existence of two such 
miscreants contemporaneously. 

Mr. W. T. Stead, philosopher, author and publicist, has been 
seeing things again. Mr. Stead has been seeing spirits. And 
they are not the kind that one secures in quart flasks, but after 
reading what Mr. Stead has to say on the subject of spiritualism, 
one is inclined to believe that he has been indulging in a tern 
libations of bottled courage. Every once and again some one or 
other comes into the limelight of publicity with some cock-and- 
bull story about his being on intimate terms with the denizens of 
the hereafter. Occasionally the person laboring under these de- 
lusions is prominent, and in the present instance he happens to 
be one no less than W. T. Stead. And Mr. Stead states that he is 
way up in spirit society. He is a particular favorite of the shades 
and they visit him frequently and give him all sorts of weird 
messages, and tell him all sorts of funny stories, and write vari- 
ous messages for him, and prophesize all manner of curious 
events to transpire, which, curiously enough, inevitably come to 
pass. Also. Mr. Stead occasionally drops into a photographer's 
studio and has his picture taken with a couple of ghostly friends 
loafing around in the background. These pictures, which, ac- 
cording (o Stead, are uneontradictable proofs of the existence of 
tlie spirits, are his especial joy, and he is very happy in their 
possession. The particular picture that delights him the most is 
one in which he is found seated in a chair with a ponderous ex- 
pression on his face, in addition to his beard. In (lie dim, damp 
distance is revealed a fair, though fat, lady-angel, who is ex- 
quisitely garbed in her coiffure and a carefully creased sheet, and 
who is found in the act of placing a laurel wreath on the brow 
of her brilliant, earthly comrade. This, avers Mr. Stead, shows 
that the spirits are people of undeniable perception, understand- 
ing and good horse-sense. The whole thing is so idiotic that it 
is beneath argument, and Mr. Stead is either being deceived in 
some fashion in his supposed intercourse with the good folk of 
the hereafter, or he is knowingly indulging in a game of pre- 
varication. Whichever it is does not matter much anyway, but 
it is getting to be quite a chestnut on the part of many old fossils 
who are evidently merely seeking publicity by these means, or 
dropping into senile imbecility. A few of them ought to be 
spirited away. 

« * * 

The London Standard is authority for the declaration that the 
revenues of the Soudan, which in 1898, when the British assumed 
control, amounted to £35,000, in 1907 had increased to over 
£1,000,000. The same paper informs the world that the Soudan 
Railway carried 350,000 passengers in that year, and that the 
entire country is rapidly developing into a tropical Utopia. 

This is very marvelous when it is considered that little more 
than a decade ago the Khalifa was in complete control and in- 
fiicting successive defeats on the English forces. Each year 
chronicles the increasing momentum of the advance of occidental 
civilization. It is no visionary conjecture to presume that twenty 
years in the future there will not be a portion of the globe exempt 

from paving tribute, commercially or otherwise, to the white race. 

* *' * 

Wilbur Wrighl is highly indignant at (he stories that have 
been started to the affect that hi' will be named as the co-respond- 
ent in a big divorce ease. The distinguished aeroplanist charac- 
terizes the whole story as absurd, and alleges that he is not a 

'dailies' man"' in any acceptation of the term, lie is, of course, 

a high-flyer, but a. different soil than the one intimated in the 

newspaper repoi 

* * * 

We are certainly progressing. In four months from now 

Paris will have : w industry in the shape of the "General 

Trans-aerial Company." four dirigibles are nofl in process of 
construction, and fhfly will be fitted up and equipped wilh all 

New York 



Parisian Neck Scarf in Mink, 
Pony, Sable Squirrel; values 
$9.75. Special for the Holiday 
Season $5.95. 

1333 Van Ness Avenue 

January 16, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


sorts of comforts. A regular system of stations is being prepared) 
and the clay and night excursions in the air-ships will soon be 
the proper craze. Exit automobilitis. 

* * * 

Up in Santa Rosa, some one with an eye _ to particularly ex- 
pensive garments in the underwear line lias been making raids 
on back yards where washing is hung out to dry. The thefts 
have been committed at night, and as yet the guilty party has 
eluded capture completely. Many a fair matron has awakened 
in the morning to discover that she is minus the fourteen dollar 
skirt she purchased the week before, for the thief is exceedingly 
fastidious, and leaves clothes of the common or garden variety 
on the line with a nice attitude of scorn. For some as yet unex- 
plainable reason, the families of the county officials have been the 
especial favorites in this garment swiping game. The County 
Surveyor found his line completely depleted the other day, and 
he is now mourning the loss of a score of exquisitely embroidered 
handkerchiefs, I understand. And shortly afterward the clothes- 
line of Clarence F. Lea, the District Attorney, was rendered be- 
reft of all the hosiery that that august dignitary possessed. It 
was Sunday, too, and the man of law couldn't find a solitary 
pair of socks in the house, and the stores were closed. So I he 
Surveyor kindly came to the rescue with a pair of his own, and 
the District Attorney started on a still hunt for the wash-line 
robber a thoroughly infuriated man, Vho bodes the cause of his 
socklcssness no good, say the Santa Rosans. 

* * * 

As to Mr. Gompers, he is getting just what he deserves, if he 
gets it. Boycotting is one of the meanest of crimes. If he has 
carte blanche to break up another's business because he can'1 
dictate to its owner, where does the other fellow's right come in? 
By wlial authority does any man or body of men assail others 
whose crime is hiring some man who doesn't belong to Mr. Gom- 
pers's set? These men have broken the law with their eyes open, 
reiving on executive clemency for pardon. Any man of sense 
knew when the dynamiters escaped the gallows for dynamiting 
Governor Sternberg that it was mistaken mercy. By all means 
punish Gompers or surrender to the mob. 

* * * 

Emma. Goldman will soon be hero, and let us all hope thai 
the authorities will let her alone. I was told by a prominent an- 
archist that she liked San Francisco because stir enjoyed free 
advertising. The more you scratch some eruptions the more 
they itch to erupt. By all means endure the incurable. Futile 
attempts to squelch the objectionable are encouragements. To 
me, anarchy is no more absurd than this official solicitude. Notice 
is an eternal invitation to invite notice. What are the authori- 
ties after? Arresting her? Then win aol arrest her and keep 

her arrested? If they can. why don'i the] ? If they can't, why 

don'i tlie\ cease all these threats? 

* * * 

Hid any wonderful thin , nr thai - ladn't 

paraphrased or dn ed of. \"w . '■■ 

if' ma disaster are arriving. This world holds 1,500,0 
people, mosi of whom dream. Now, as i mer dreams 

something the other dreamers don'i dream, perhaps somebody 
did dream of ibis earthquake. But why should a man 
I-noh more of the future than a man awake? Does a man with 

delirium know more of coming cm nl- than a man in hi- senses? 

\ foe] in:i\ i. ii, ,ii ■ hi i; ii number of beans in a bag 

than a philosopher. The nighl for gho>^. the dream for pro] 
" i fool lor luck and a poor man for children." 

* * * 

The "Holy Rollers" are whooping up things, and - 

women have been enmeshed by the enthusiasm. Hut as 
these people are claiming the right to worship according : 

see how they can lie suppressed. Ii isn't. 

gentle reader, what \. f their pow-wowing. The 

bey be choked off according to law ? 

frowns upon the methods of every other sect, while some of the 
irreverent ridicule all. Of course, these peopl are a mi 
tified menagerie, and perhaps the; -. Bui whi 

decide where pious enthusiasm slops and blatant absurdity W- 
gins. There i- one thing certain, i: n one 

will break on! in two oil 

Hilly Sunday, the fake << 

ord. has invented a new- pi. 

lie bad a nature man R 

into one of his mcetir imc. 

The Cosmos 


Opposite Patace Hotel 

Table d' Hole Lunch, 50c 

Sliced Tomato 


String Beans 
Cream of Onions 


Pompano Meuniere Tenderloin of Sole, Tartar Sauce 

Pot Roast, German Style 

Lamb Epigramme Jardiniere Brains, Brown Butter 

Tagliarini and Cheese Boiled Beef and Cabbage 

Club Sausage and Risotto 

Roast Beef Roast Lamb 

An Extra Entree, 15 cents. 


Apple Pie Ice Cream Watermelon 

Strawberry and Cream Nutmeg 

Plstache Cake 

Swiss Cheese Roquefort Cheese Brie Cheese 

An Extra Dessert 10 cents. 

^/D/P SW^ 



^:i,mmri.-nt^^mf — 

flBT Fk 

The Leading Restaurant 


of San Francisco 

or A la Carte 

342 Sutter Street San Francisco 



Miss Nadyne Parker, Lyric Soprano 
Miss Anita GUI, Mezzo Soprano. 





II-.i_l N. W. Corner 
MOiei p Ik & Post StS. 

San Francisco 


Franklin 2960 

Old Poodle Dog Restaurant 

824-826 Eddy St.. near Van Neu Ave. Formerly at Bush St., corner 
Grant avenue. Phone Franklin 63. 

■w-w y-r w^ £>y * Open Evenings Including Sundays 

, I Ih ^ Music Sundays. 


at .126 BUSH STREET. Bet Kearny and Montgomery SU. 
ream nupn 

Dinner, Sundays and Holidays 
R, With wine 75c With wine. 11.00 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 16, 1909. 


( !os densed Milk 

That it never fains but it pours has 
been exemplified in more ways than 
one, since the last issue of (lie News 
Letter, and reports of the semi-suc- 
cessful and non-successful, the failures and semi-failures of the 
Condensed Mill Plant Promoters Unlimited, are "pouring" in 
lo this ofliee. It is useless to attempt to give anything like a 
complete list of these deplorable instances of the farmers' gulli- 
bility, as it would take more space than is at our disposal. 

The measures adopted by the promoters are much the same 
everywhere, and there is but little variation, except in increas- 
ing numbers of the plants and size of capitalization thai have 
been "almost successful." It is all too bad, too, because there is 
every reason to believe that, had many of these plants been estab- 
lished in communities where they were really needed. Buccess 
would have been sure. Another factor which makes failuri in- 
evitable is the usual game of making the milk plant a sure win- 
ner of dollars for the promoters, regardless of whal befalls the 
poor, but easily gulled, farmer. The pT ter is either a rep- 
resentative of the Ratcliffe or the Detroit Rogers machinery and 
supply bouses, and iu the notation he sees tn it that his principals 
are never left at the post. 

In looking over the list of companies that have ■been floated, 
and in many instances stranded or partially stranded, we find in 
recapitulating the information at hand to date the following: 
Washington Condensed Milk Company, Seattle, receiver; 
the Clover Dairy Company, later failed anil went out of business. 
Hygian Milk Company, Erie, Pennsylvania, sold out in 1901, 
after going into bankruptcy, lingers did not lose the fifteen 
thousand dollars it cost to equip this plant. Vermont Condensed 
Milk Company, Burlington. Vermont It is said that one 0. T. 
Rogers was connected with the early phase in the d,evelopmen1 

of this scheme. It was conducted at ,i large loss to th iginal 

stockholders, and then sold at a loss. Scranton Condensed Milk 
Company. Scranton. Pennsylvania. The original stockholders 
conducted this plant at a big hiss, and then the property changed 
hands at more loss to the. befuddled investors. Here tun. the 
Hoc Italian hand of the c. T. Rogers people, it is reported, 
comes in as equippers and promoters. 

The IT. S. Condensed Milk Company. Deansboro, X. Y.. bad 
a hard time, and finally sold out (?) to the Mohawk Milk I !o. 

Hicks Condensed Milk Co., Granville. X 1 . V. This is -aid to 
be a Ratcliffe concern. Attachment issued against the concern. 
Aroostook Condensed Milk Company. Original stockholders, af- 
ter a livelier experience than usually comes to the stockholder, 
finally lost everything. Cory Condensed Milk Co., Colorado 

Condensed Milk Co.. Keystone Condensed Milk Co.. Eur !on- 

ilensed Milk Co.. American Condensed Milk Co.. Wayne County 
Condensed Milk Co., Yamhill Valley Condensed Milk Co.. NTook- 
sak ValleJ Condensed Milk Co., and others too numerous to men- 
tion, are on the list as companies organized primarily to sell 
machinery, to collect charges of installation, and with no par- 
ticular success, and in many instances flat failures as a record 
of achievement. It is a sad story, and it is told in these columns 
as a warning to the California farmer to look not upon the pro- 
moter's story when it is rosy! These people are headed this way. 
and they look upon our farming communities as virgin fallow 
fields for their exploitation ! 



Langdon announces that every one 

of (he cast e againsl persons indicted 

in connection will] the graft prose- 
cution will he carried "to a bitter 
end."' Heney comes back with the announcement thai his com- 
ing means "a fight to a finish." Whenever this duo is given to 
this kind of boasting, it is time to look out for endless eourl con- 
tinuances. Nobody would wish them to do aught hut carry out 
their threats of quick work and results, bui il is too (rue thai 
whenever these two have said they would do so and so in specific 
terms, they have always fallen short in the performance. Lang- 
don's office doing anything expeditiously would he such a sur- 
prise that all San Francisco would stand aghast. 

The Conoeessional 


It is more than probable that 
the investigation that is pro- 
posed by Congress into the use 
of the Secret Service by vari- 
ous departments^ and upon the personal order of the Presi- 
dent, will lead to developments in San Francisco little 
dreamt of by the Prosecution, It is averred that, not satis- 
lied with drawing down the salary the city of San Fran- 
cisco is paying Burns and his satellites, this gang is also 
in receipt of pay from the Secret Service funds of the 
United States. There has been no evidence offered to show 
that Burns, who is nepotism personified, is not drawing 
down a salary from the Washington authorities, and that 
Heuev is not still on the Government salary lists. This 
would seem a rather hold way to deviate national funds to 
municipal purposes. If the investigation by the Govern- 
1 1 1 ■ - 1 1 1 authorities establishes this as a fact, we will then have 
an exhibition of virtue doubly rewarded seldom equalled 
and never excelled iu the history of this or any other 
coiini ry. 


The E ryville School for Crime has aroused the anti-race 

track sentiment of Oakland to a furious pitch of indignation by 
passing the word down the line of the school's patrons and friends' 

that •'things have been fixed at Sacramento." and that there will 

he no hostile legislation against either the California Jockey 

Club, owner of the Emeryville track, or its methods. As a blind 
and to fool the public, it is provided that there shall be a noisy 
show of hostility against the crime factory in the Legislature, 

inn thai every hill presented will he so loaded down with amend- 
ments thai ii will he impossible for an agreement to he readied 

mi any plan for suppressing the iniquity. That is the progra 

Then will c tin excuse for do! passing a prohibitory bill that 

the Senate could aol agree as to bow such a law should he 
worded, and Senators failing to agree, the Legislature would ad- 
journ, leaving nothing at all accomplished. Certain Senators 
and issemblymen are in -how ".rent anxiety for the suppression 
of horse-racing in California as a gambling device, hut it will be 
impossible for them to sanction or 3upporl any legislation look- 
ing to that end. because of defects in the hills submitted. Put 
all such Legislators will SUtely find that the public fully under- 
stands their ga f subterfuge ami false pretenses. The sen- 
timent in Oakland is that to suppose the antis are so stupid as 
not to see through the trick adds insuli to injury, and so the 
war againsl the Emeryville School for Crime is to be waged 
with renewed vigor. 

The aiders ami alienors of the schi hi in have certain legisla- 
tors ostensibly make a strong light for the abolition of race track 

gambling in California, hut defeat it by legislative disagree uls 

are rooming houses, restaurants and saloons in ( lakland that exist 
on the patronage of those who "follow the races" for a living. 
Already they arc crying that to close up Emeryville would he in 
deprive Oakland's Beveral business interests of thousands and 
tens of thousands of dollars which come through expenditures 
of race track patrons during the racing season, which continues 
inure ilian'half the year. It is these "great business interests" of 
Oakland (bat are combatting the anti-Emeryville sentiment. 
They arc busy everywhere pointing oul bow Oakland would lose 
a mint of money to her trade and commerce if Emeryville's 
crime factory were abolished, and it is this influence, especially 
the saloon and restaurant influence, that is in sympathy with all 
kinds of gambling devices thai arc calculated to bring strangers 

lo town. Here, then, arc the two elements between which public 
sentiment has to choose. The one appeals directly to the moral 
sense of the people of Oakland, and the other to such as would 

encourage and harbor crime for persona] gain. So far, therefore, 
as the people of Oakland are concerned, (here is no middle 

ground. The issue has I n forced by Hie California Jockey 

Club, and every citizen is bound by the very nature of the situa- 
tion in antagonize or advocate the continuance of the Emery- 
ville iniquity, a den of rice where re young men are tempted 

in lead lives of shame, debauchery and crime than many of the 
citizens of California are aware of. In fact, the Emeryville race 

(rack is a veritable School for Cri and Oakland is leading in 

the light against if. 

.Taxuaisy lii, L909. 

and California Advertiser 



Bt Our New York Correspondent. 

Much interest is displayed here over the forthcoming perform- 
ance of "The Easiest Way," the play by Eugene Walter, in which 
[•avid Belasco is soon to present Miss Frances Starr, who is a 
great favorite with Metropolitan audiences. The rehearsals have 
been conducted with unusual privacy behind lowered curtains, 
even the side of the stage being protected by huge screens. Per- 
haps Mr. Belasco is springing a surprise upon the public; at any 
rale, the mystery surrounding the production is creating a cor- 
responding interest. 

New York is having a relief from the Salome dancers, the 
"Three Weeks" type of drama and the like, and is now enjoying 
the wholesome effect of child life on the stage. Several of the 
plays now upon the boards, and successful ones, too, center 
around or feature the innocence and fascinations of childhood. 

First among these is "Mary Jane's Pa," now playing at the 
Garden Theatre, in which Henry E. Dixey is scoring a huge suc- 
cess. In its delicious humor, quaint character and amusing situ- 
ations, it is entirely "different" fron* any play produced in New 
York in years. 

The story of "Mary Jane's Pa" deals with a* sweet-voiced little 
girl named "Mary Jane," and her "Pa," who, gripped by the 
wanderlust, about the time Mary was born, left. Indiana, home 
and family, to see the world. There was nothing very strange 
aboul this — Mrs. "Pa" had it once, too — in fact, it was because 
of a promised trip to Niagara Falls that she had married him in 
the l» ginning. Well, when "Mother" and all the rest of the 
village have given him up as dead, "Pa" comes back just in time 
lo prevent mother from accepting the offer of a most worthy citi- 
zen for the supposed widow's hand. "Pa" comes back a vaga- 
bond — more of a vagabond than he left — for he had helped to 
draw in the nets of Newfoundland, he had been to London and 
to Paris, he had listened to the chiming of the bells in India:, 
and watched the Geisha girls dance in Japan. In fact, he had 
tasted of life in all its phases, and returned a lovable, droll and 
quizzical vagabond, but quite au impossible one to have around 
iiikI acknowledge as one's husband. So the long lost husband i s 
acci igted in the home and installed as the man-cook, and Marj 
Jane, who by Ibis time had grown to be quite a young ladj of 
twelve or so, tails in love with him. 

* * * 

One of the best scenes of the play is when Mr. Dixey, io in- 
imitable style, lells Mary Jane the story of the "Doldubs," a 
pretty bit of fiction, which is the talk oi the town. Pa finds 
Mary Jane cuddled up on the back stoop and tells tier this 

•■(lore ou a Time, living in a Wobbly Nesl in an Old Tree, 
was a Famih of s i range Birds i 

only 1'ippy Doldub and bis mate Sappy Doldub. Then w. 
Baby l!inis. Dollie Doldub and Dottie Doldub, were born 
old Nosi was crowded and the little birds needed a 1" i 
lull Dippy Doldub was a sort of Yellow bird, and one 
h'hu Aw;n and left fappj n look after the Whole Family. 
Things went hard with Yapp] '■ had to Build 

Nest and feed Ddilie and Dottie and Work ever so hard 
One Dai .1 Logatitis Bird came along i and v her. Yapp} 

was beginning to Like the Generous, Fine Logatitis when 9 

thai Dollie and Dottie didn't 
even Remember him, old Dippy Doldub came back. Yappy didn't 
Like ii a Bil and told him so. but Dippy was Hungry, - - 

ohm Seme Worms and Put him to Work. When she • 

the Little Doldubs she treated him Be - made 

Dippy Borry for everything, and he S Vway again. 

so Yappy could be Happy with bird, but \ 

Discovered she Loved Dippy and Took Him Back Again." 

"Mary .lane's Pa" is a good, whole- \ ican play, which 
appeals to the beel in us. 

* * * 

Another "'child play," which, has proven very sn 
"The Tied Piper," in which Mr. De Wolf II 

piped litem all into the mountains ■ ■ lunoceu 

The most successful feature of "Mr. Hamlet of Broadway," 
the new play, or rather "musical-comical." in which Hie droll 
Fddie Foy appears, at the Casino, is the "kid" song, in which 
Eddie Foy, surrounded by sixteen little girls, paraphrases famil- 
iar nursery rhymes. To see this irresistibly comic figure sur- 
rounded by this crowd of eager, childish little tots of six to eight 
years of age, who treat him with the playful and affectionate 
familiarity of a big brother, is a treat of which the big Casino 
audiences never seemed to get enough. This popular feature, 
with the long-heralded appearance of the comedian as Hamlet, 
together with two or three tuneful songs, has made the-success 
of the play. 

To describe Eddie Foy is unnecessary — the spluttering, comi- 
cal, droll Eddie Foy is the same as ever, except in his appearance 
as Hamlet, and that was a genuine'surprise. Instead of making 
his Dane a buffoon in appearance, he dressed the part as soberly 
as Booth, and looked every hit as dignified. But Shakespeare in 
his wildest dreams never imagined a Hamlet like this — the scene 
selected was a parody of the famous soliloquy and the interview 
with the King and Queen, and its absolute, irresistible fun was 
received with great joy by the large audience of Foy lovers. 

The burlesque scene from Hamlet is only a pari of one act, 
however, and by no means monopolizes the play. Mr. Few as 
Joey Wheeze, the stranded actor, and his (rained hear, Amelia; 
and Maude Raymond, who played Ophelia in the burlesque, and 
was a rag-time Salome in a graveyard with moving tombstones, 
provided the center of attraction. 

On the whole, "Mr. Hamlet of Broadway" is one of the best 
and most entertaining of these musical shows in New York. The 
piece was staged with many novel scenic effects, and the usual 
very busy Ned Wayburn chorus was greatly in evidence. 

Q. F. B. 

The engage u aeed of Charles 0. Boas, a E 

Judah Boas, to Miss Mabel Green. 'I be date of the wedding ha 

not yet been 


Annual Ten Per Cent Discount Sale 

Continues to Attract 

From ten to fifty per cent discount [a offered on all stocks in 
the establishment. 

A Dress Goods Department Special— Ninety Cents 
the Yard 

Our entire assortment of imported Prunellas, Henriettas. 
Panamas, Fancy Herringbones and Stripe Weaves, including our 
new 42-inch English Diagonals, in the latest shades or Taupe. 
Blue. London Smoke. Golden Brown. Grey. Tan and Reseda, sold 
formerly at Si. 25 the yard, are now offered at 90e the yard. 


II H STRFET. Ulh in I5ih 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 16, 1909. 

From the estimates of a recognized 
Mining Investments. authority in mining, not less than 

$45,000,000 of capital has heen in- 
vested in the development of the gold and silver properties of 
California and Nevada during the past twelve months. Of this 
aggregate, it is figured that .between ten and twelve ami a half 
millions has been contributed from Los Angeles, San Francisco, 
Oakland and interior investors, while the balance has come from 
the East. It is further significant that such men as Schwab, 
Gates and even J. l'icrpont Morgan himself have become inter- 
ested in the Pacific mining game, and the Standard Oil interests 
have not been averse to stepping out from the beaten track of 
petroleum and railroads to make investments in promising 
properties. From the developments made last year, a marked in- 
crease in the gold and silver output is Looked for dining the 
ensuing twelve months. In California, especially, 1909 IE ex- 
pected to go nearer to the banner product of the golden era than 
any year since. Some estimate that the output will exceed 
$25,000,000, and others figure it at $30,000,000. In Nevada 
County a marvelous development has taken place, and old mines 
long abandoned are now being exploited with modern machinery. 
Other gold-producing sections share to a lesser extent in this 
great activity, but their outlook is none the less promising. 

The reports from the Gold field and 
Oil and Gold Stocks. Tonopah districts are encouraging 

enough to stimulate activity in those 
stocks, but this is the season of the year when speculation [osi - 
its magic among the moneyed class, who arc deeply engrossed In 
balancing accounts, or taking inventories. There is such a de- 
mand for building account, and the opportunities so many for 
real estate speculation, which promise- safer and greater rewards, 
that it will be late in the spring before anything like real activity 
will be noted on 'change. Oil has come prominently into the fore- 
ground of late, and much of the money that found its way into 
the exchanges is now being diverted into the better class of oil 
stocks. The move on the part of the Bakersfield oil operators to 
expose and prosecute "wild eats" and other fakers, lias had a far- 
reaching beneficial effect and given more confidence to the public. 
There are, however, a couple of schemes being floated in this 
city by means of loud and noisy advertisements in the daily 
papers, which bear all the car-marks of the rawest species of 
"fakes." These have been submitted by the San Francisco Xcws 
Letter to its Bakersfield correspondent for investigation, and a 
full report will be made upon the virtue and character of their 
holdings and operations. 

Nat Goodwin seems to have a death- 
Goodwin Still Mining, like grip on the Rawhide Coaliti 

despite the rumors thai he had 
transferred the property to .T. \V r . Gates. It is now complained 
that the famous plunger did not acquire a controlling interest 
in Goodwin's mine holdings, but that in company with several 
other New Yorkers invested in them, as they were convinced 
the actor had a cinch on a good thing. Goodwin is in the land 
of oranges and sunshine, but he keeps "a booming"' his Nevada 
mines, and promises there is another Hand right on hi- own 

South of Market 

A well-known banker of this city, 
who cannot be accused of revolu- 
tionary or anarchistic tendencies, has 
a remedy to offer to rid the commu- 
nity of "the dog in the manger" property owner, who will neither 
sell nor improve, but stands pat and waits to garner his un- 
earned increment which comes to him from the enterprising ami 
progressive efforts of his neighboring land owners. "We have 
a big class of such people in this city," said the man of finance. 
"and particularly south of Market street. Such people stand in 
the way of every effort to build up that section of the city. I 
do not believe in the Henry George theory of single tax, or in the 
multitude of other schemes that have been submitted, hut. I do 

not see why the right of condemnation for purposes of higher use 
could not be extended to the individual. The proceedings should 
be made summary, and as expedient and inexpensive as possible. 
In such an event, "A" holds a piece of land, which he refuses to 
improve beyond an inconsequential barn or shanty, and will not 
sell at any price. "B" comes along, and is desirous of expend- 
ing a large amount of capital in the erection of a structure; In 1 
should be given the right or privilege of proceeding by law to 
obtain "A's" holding. This does not appear to be an assault on 
any vested right, and it accords in every way with the tendency 
of the times to give those who upbuild and improve the right of 
way over those who will, not do anything." The real estate 
agents wdio have "gone against" the south of Market street 
proposition all declare the property holders there decline to build 
or sell, but arc waiting for their neighbors to act first, so they can 
dispose of their holdings at an advance. Tt is the "dog in the 
manger policy" that is keeping that section in waste of brick ami 
ashes when it oughl to lie the besi re-buili part of the city at the 
present time. 

The Western Pacific Railway put 
The Western Pacuto. into operation a regular freight ami 

passenger schedule between Sail 
Lake City and Wells. Nevada, beginning January 15th. Tin' 
construction of the road westward is being rapidly pressed, ami 

it is believed that by August 1st through trains over that route 
will be run into this city. It is reported that the extension of 
the Nevada, California ami Oregon road, which was acquired by 
the Gould interests, will lie rushed northward from the Plumas 
County terminal as rapidly as possible. 

Death of an 

I hdustrj \l Factor 

The death of Raoul Ohartrey, vicc- 
President of the Joshua Hendy Co., 
is regretted by the business and in- 
dustrial community. He came here 
as a boy in the early days, and thoroughly mastered the machin- 
ery and iron trade in which he was later recognized as an expert, 
not only here but in the Fast, lie was the inventor of many de- 
vices in mining and farm machinery which lie refused to patent, 
ami one of his attributes was his readiness to go tp the aid of a 
competitor. He was beloved by associates and employees. Mr. 
Chartray was prominent in the French colony, and an officer of 
the Alliance Francaiic, as well as President of the French Be- 
nevolent Society. 


ami general office assistant open to engagement with gentleman 
or lady of affairs for whole or part of time. Highest of references. 
Reply Bos 80, Xcws Letter Office. 


Investment Securities 


412 Montgomery Street San Francisco. Cal. 

Zadig & Co., Stock Brokers 

Tonopah, Goldfleld, Bullfrog, Manhattan, Comstock. 
Fairview and Rawhide Stocks. Have option on shares 
best Rawhide properties for a few days only. 324 Bush 


Private 'Wire Chicago — New York. 


f New York Stock Exchange 
Member s Chicago Board of Trade 

(. Stock and Bond Exchange, S. F. 
Local and Eastern Stocks and Bonds 

Main Office Branch Office 

Mills Blder. Hotel Alexandria 

Tel. Kearny 482 Los Anteles 

January 1G, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


My correspondent in the Nevada 
Nevada Camps. mining camps gives a glowing ac- 

count of the conditions prevailing 
there. The Tonopah district is close to the $.50,000 weekly murk. 
The December output for the Bullfrog camp exceeds $125,000, 
while Goldfield figures are difficult to ascertain, as many of the 
mines which are large producers refuse to quote values. With 
good weather during January, the production ought to surpass 
■ ill past records. All the mills are in capacity working order; 
ore is being mined freely, and new mills go into operation with 
the month. 

Has He Got It? 

The report that E. H. Harriman 
had, or was about to, or intended to', 
annex the New York Central to his 
railway collection, caused an uproar of protest from the N. Y. C. 
& II. R. H. officials, stockholders, bondholders, and other auxil- 
iaries that nearly shook the continent. Mr. Harriman had noth- 
ing to say, according to the news report, of his part in the 
rumored purchase. It's a peculiar fact that it always happens, 
when Harriman claps his claws on a railway system, a general 
wail of denial is set up, but somehow or other, when the returns 
are all in, the goods are on him. It may be that the New York 
Central is '"his'n," and it would not be a surprise, for Harriman 
does not deny he is ready and willing to take over all sorts of 
railway propositions, and the Central's slock is pretty well dis- 
tributed, and a majority of it lias been "lying' around out of 
doors" for a long time. 

Railroad Financiers 
at Fault. 

From a summary of the losses and 
gains of the year just closed, il is 
hard to see where there was any jus- 
tification for "hard times" or panic. 
The legitimate securities of the country were valued at $500,000,- 
000 mure than in 1906, and while our import trade showed a loss 
of aboul $200,000,000, the year closed with the world's debt to us 
increased by $003,790,262. In the main, the great stagnation 
in the industrial world was influenced by the curtailment of 
operating expenses and suspension of building by the railroads 
which reacted upon the iron and steel interests. The railroad 
managers have themselves to blame for this in a great measure, 
as, with the exception of Harriman, they began looking glum 
with the banner crop of the country growing right under their 
noses. If pessimism caused the panic, then il can be charged op 
to the over-anxious railroad financiers lo ride the bear. 

There would probably be more credit given by both individ- 
uals and linns if slow-paj debtors did noi avoid their creditors. 
Too many persons, not. only debt-dodgers but well-meaning peo- 
ple really anxious bo pay, staj awaj from those who have aided 
them In giving credit, and make their cash payments elsewhere. 
This is entirety wrong. Certain cash purchases musl be made 
by all. Il is far better to spend ibis cash in the places conducted 
by one's creditors than in the places of total strangers or of 
oibers who have noi shown either the courtesy or the accommo- 
dation of credit. Many B creditor complains bitterly of the eon- 
duct of those who have enjoyed the credit he has given them, and 

then, for tear of being dunned, or from sbamefacedncss. or for 

other causes, cease patroni tog his place ol business. Misfortune 
often prevents the payment of bills as boos as intended, bul 

tins should not be a reason I erring what little patronage 

the debtor is ye) abli avoid your creditors. 

Lei them see your face, even if you do not spend a cent with 

them. Your absence causes less of in you, even if 

your intentions are the best To run up a bill and then vanish 
arouses suspicion, Ai leas) it is better to keep in view and to 

buy from those who have trusted yen. even if you are behindhand 
in your payments of old debts. 

The new home of the Vienna Cafe and Bakery, at 139 

Ellis street, gains in popularity every day. Situated in the heart 
of the business district, it is the ideal place for luncheon. The 
rich, juicy steaks of the Vienna are famous, and the excellence 

pastry is universally known. The old place at \<m Van 
still conducted in the same excellent fash 

before ami retains its discriminating patron. ;_ 


300 YEARS 








At first-class Wine Merchant a. Grocers, Hotels, Cafes. 

Batjer & Co., 45 Broadway, New York. N. Y. 

Sole Agents for United States. 



Announces lo members of the Bar, friends and (he public, his term of office II Juilur 
of Ihe Superior Court of ihe Stale of California {which he has filled for 12 years) having 
expired, that he has resumed (he practice of his profession and has opened offices in ihe 



where he will engage in Ihe general practice of Ihe law. in holh Slale ami Federal courts 
and in the Supreme Court of ihe United Slates. 

In criminal cases he will art as counsel in any pari of Ihe Slale. or in any stale or 
territory of Ihe United Stales or Mexico. 

Offices: CHRONICLE BUILDING. Roorps 1603-1805. 
Office Telephone Douglna 90 

Residence: 2601 BROADWAY. Residence Telephone Wetft 739 

California Glace Fruit 

1142 and 1144 Van Ness Ave., near Post Street 
27 Years In Palace Hotel Building 

We are closing 1 out our present tftore preparatory lo moving 
down town. (All of our fine candies can now be had at r- 
prices.) Orders for our 

California Glace Fruits 

during- the coming month will be given prompt attention at our 
factory, 117 San Jose Avenue. Market 378 Phone. Or at the 
news stands of the Fairmont and St. Francis Hotels. 

-Three defalcations in one day, all doe bo the track. 

RnichiPC Back lo ouro!cl location 623 Sacramento Street between 
Ol UMlcS Kearny and Montgomery Streets 

With full line of Brushes. Brooms and Feather Dusters, on 
and made to order. Janitor supplies of all kinds. Ladders. Buck- 
ets. Chamois. Metal Polish and Cleaning Powders. Hardware. Wood 
a"d Willow Ware. 

Call, Write or Telephone Kearny 5737. 

Wm Buchanan 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 16, 1909. 


The Board of Supervisors is af lasi interesting itself in the 
violations of the law governing places of amusements bj the 
cheaper class of theatrical companies. This evil, unless checked, 
is liable to gro« as the down-town section of the city fills up arid 
becomes more popular. Ordinary Class "C" buildings arc uow 
being. leased for the production of moving picture and variety 
shows, and a'-e to be occupied in violation of sections L32 ami 
143 of building ordinance No. 31, and so great is the menace to 
public safety that petitions have been addressed to the city fathers 
In protest. The present laws governing all places of amusement 
in San Francisco provide tor both alleyways and exits, sprinkler 
equipment and fire-proof buildings. Permission to avoid these 
requirements, it is alleged, lias come from the Board of Super- 
t isors. 

The Occidental Life Insurance Company of Los Angeles lias 
caused the arrest of iis agent at San Jose, R. W. Jackson, through 
detectives of the American Bonding Company, Eor the alleged 
embezzlement of seme $800 that he is alleged to have collected as 

premiums on insurance policies. 

* * * 

The new employers' liability bill introduced this week at Sac- 
ramento by Assemblyman Charles A. Nelson, at the instance of 
the San Francisco Building Trades Council, while based upon 
the English act, is much more liberal as regards the liability of 
ilie employer, making the period of allowance six years instead of 
three, as in the former law. Liability companies are interested 
to the extent that rates will be a Heeled which, under present con- 
ditions, are already much too low. 

* * * 

The attendance at the Fire Underwriters' Association of the 
Pacific last week was the largest for many years, ami at the ban- 
quet at the St. Francis more than two hundred were seated, 
among whom were many distinguished guests: Adam Gilliland 
was elected president for the current year: F. C. Staniford, vice- 
president; Calvert Meade, secretary and treasurer; and .1. I!. 
Moore, assistant secretary and librarian. The papers read dur- 
ing the two days' convention were as follows: 1. "The Too High 
Cost of Fire Insurance." Mr. William Sexton. '-'. "Cultivation," 
Mr. W. W. Orove. 3. "Local Agents," Mr. Edwin Parrish. I. 
"Cornerstones of Fire insurance," Mr. C. 1. Hitchcock. 5. "Tin 1 
Education of a Neophyte." 6. "Publicity," .Mr. Washington Ir- 
ving. 7. "The Writing of Papers." Mr. Herbert Folger. 8. 
"Building Construction ami Rates," Mr. T. .1. A. Tiedemann. 

9. "Buried Thoii-his," Mr. F. C. Staniford; L0. "The Val I 

the Board of Fire tJnderwriters," Mr. Charles I). Haven. 11. 
-The Doctrine of Waiver," Mr. R. T. Archer. I-.'. "The Knap- 
sack," A. W. Thornton and A. c. Thornton, editors. 

cent lo the city, and they would tret the benefit of the patrol just 
as much as the board companies, with none of the expense. Then 
there are many valuable properties that are not insured at all. or 
only slightly insured, which would receive the protection. If the 
companies furnished the patrol for Los Angeles, the rates would 
have to he increased to meet the expense. It is to the interest of 
the property owners to maintain an efficient salvage corps, and 
the companies will be glad when the patrol is established, but 
the city will have to pay for it. 

The year 1908 will pass into history as a year of business de- 
pression, of diminished incomes and reduced salaries. It will 
also be recorded as the year in which the Prudential Insurance 
Company of America wrote over $300,000,000 of new, paid-for 
life insurance. This would have been a splendid record in the 
piping times of prosperity. It is a most extraordinary record of 
success, in view of the universal business depression which char- 
acterized the year 1908. The facts of the depression and the fig- 
ures of the Prudential seem irreconcilable. But it may be true 
thai the disturbed conditions wen;- influential on the one hand in 
causing the consideration of a wise provision for the future 
through life insurance. On the other hand, the Prudential's 
new. low cost, ordinary, industrial and monthly income policies, 
offered advantages of life and income insurance which appealed 
to these who were considering insurance protection. The high 
standing of the Prudential also makes it possible to do business 
satisfactorily — because there can be no doubt of a Prudential 
promise. Whatever the conclusion, the fact remains that in a 
year of great financial stringency, there was enough cash in the 
country and desire on the part of the public to buy and pay for 
$:;iii;.oimi,iiiiii ,,f Prudential insurance. 

The Geological survey outfit says that one-fifth of Alaska 

is a coal held. Alaska is a mighty big country for the trusts to 
swallow, lull it is estimated that they would not gag at the job. 




Fireman's fund Insurance Company 

Capital, $1,600,000 

Assets, $6,000,000 

California and Sonsome Streets 
San Francisco. California. 

ipltal, $200,000. 

!ash Assets, $581,877.1 

Pacific Coast Casualty Company 


Employers' Liability, General Liability, Teams, Elevators, Workmen's 
Collective; Vessels, Burglary, Plate Glass Insurance. 

Officers Edmund P. Green, President; Jobn C, Coleman, Vice-Presi- 
dent; P. A. Zone, Secretary; Ant, l!ur- I .v: Co., Trrnsiii'i-i s; I-'. ['. Deering, 
» Counsel. 

Directors V Borel, M. E. Botbln, Edward L. Brayton, John C. Cole- 
man, P. I'. Deering, to. P. Green, Ja s K. Moffltt, Henry Etosenfeld, 

Adolpli A. Seii, William s. Tevls. 

Mini Office Merchants' Exchange Building, San Pranciseo. Marshal 

A. Frank Com] y, General agents Cor California, Kohl building, San 


What is known as the "Field (dub" was organized by the spec- 
ial agents of the various lire insurance companies having head- 
quarters in San Pranciseo this week. Field men doing work in 
California and Nevada will he eligible lo membership. The ob- 
ject of the association will be chiefly social. Amos P. Sewell was 
elected president: Prank P. Wilson, rice-president; and George 
( '. ( lodding, secretary. 

* * * 

The appointment of a receiver for the Walla Walla Fire In- 
surance Company of Spokane. Washington, has hail the effect 
of disturbing the organization of the American Home Insurance 

C pany, of Seattle, which was being Eormed for the purpose 

of taking over the business of the former. It is understood that 

thus far no actual i ley has been put into the American Home, 

luil I ha I a | ii Hi inn of the Walla Walla's assets have been converted 
lo it. 

The Pacific Board has finally decided not to stand the expense 
of a salvage corps ic Los Angeles. They lake the position that 
while such an institution is needed by Los Angeles very badly, 
the hoard companies alone should not he expected in pay for il. 

Los Angeles, if filled willi Lloyds and wilil-cals thai deii'l pay a 

The Connecticut fire Insurance Company 

Of Hartford. Established I860. 

Capital duck $1,000,000 

Surplus to Policy Mulders 2, 162,739 

Total Cash Assets 6,365,877 


British and foreign Marine Insurance Co. Ltd. 

Of Liverpool. 

Capital $6,700,1 


The WesT: Coaft Life Insurance Co. 

San Francisco, Cal. 

A strong, well managed institution; organized under the rigid insurance 
laws «»i' California, lis policy forms are clear and explicit and define and 
guard the Interests of policy-holders as do those of no other company. 
Ash any agent, or write the company for sample of policy forms. 

January 16, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 



On last Tuesday. Thomas A. Day. a pioneer builder and con- 
tractor, who had been prominently identified with many big 
building operations in San Francisco, passed away, hay came 
to California from his native State of Maine in the spring of 
ISoO, making the voyage around the Horn when he was a mere 
hoy of twenty years. He spent some time in the mines, and after- 
ward entered the construction business here in 186.5. The old 
Pioneer Hall, the Stale Deal' and Dumb Asylum at Berkeley, and 
the James Lick School are some of the structures that he helped 
rear. Although suffering from a stroke of paralysis about ten 
years ago, and from numerous slight attacks since, Mr. Day 
managed to preserve a large measure of his vitality up to the day 
el' his death. His death is mourned by a devoted family and a 
large circle of friends. 


The county authorities of Marin are contemplating large 

improvements of the roads and highways of that beautiful 
county. It is proposed to make of the road leading around what 
is known among automobilists as the "Marin County circle," 
that is, the highway from Tibnron to Tomales and back by way 
of Sausalito, the finest in California. It is a recognized fact that 
where the automobilist finds it a source of pleasure to visit there 
,the money is spent, and there are no spenders such as the owners 
of ears. Along the route there are, even now good stretches of 
road, but it is the intention to make the way perfect. The Hotel 
Rafael affords, at the Casino and the hotel itself, all the accom- 
modations that may be desired by the owners of ears, anil in 
swinging around "the Marin circle" the auto owner inevitably 
and invariably stops at the Rafael. Everything points to a very 
successful season fc the coming spring and summer, and reser- 
vations for cottages and rooms should be made early on account 
of the fact that many who delayed last year were forced to go 
elsewhere. It pays to be beforchanded in the matter of these 
spring and summer accommodations at popular hotels. 

Judge Carroll Cook has opened a law office in the Chroni- 
cle Building. Judge Cook is one of the ablest criminal lawyers 
and general practitioners the State of California has ever pro- 
duced. Judge Cook returns to the practice of the, law after an 
incumbency of the office of Superior Judge lasting for a period 
of over twelve years. It is more than probable that had the judge 
given his time to general practice he would to-day have a larger 
clientage than most of the attorneys of San Francisco. He will 
devote himself to the practice of the law in criminal cases in any 
State or territory of the United St;itcs. and in civil cases will 
represent 'his clients in Stale and Federal courts, and in the 
Supreme Court of the United States. 

There is nothing that makes a nervous man mere nervous, 

a. quarrelsome man more quarrelso a good tempered man se 

mean, as a pair of ill-lilting shoes. Bow manj times in your 
life have you bought a piece of real shoe comfori from a dealer? 

The only »;ii to ha\c real comfort is to li.i\ e B pail of Qerktch's 

Made-to-Order shoes. Qerlach, at 3839 California street, caters 
only lo those who make it a habil to wear made-to-order shoes. 
In oilier words, Qerlach is a shoe man who understands his 
ness lo the uttermost, and who gives satisfaction. Coachman's 
and riding boots made. The heel in tii. style and workmanship is 

, Tn these long evenings, fireside days, there is nothing so 

toothsome as a well-made chicken ounal • an enchilada. The 

Elk Tamale and fanning Company Chicken Tamales 

and Enchiladas. The plant is located at .'iii Nineteenth street, 
near Bryant, and here all the besl pure food safeguards 
served to the end that the "I.. K." brand may deserve a con- 
tinuance >^( us splendid reputation. 

Everybody, who is in i; socially, is on the qui vive when- 
ever the Colonials is mentioned, and the affair at the St. Francis 
last Friday was no exception to this rule. Society was 
the hall was in full swing before ten o'clcx k. This is thi 
sohvt assembly of San Francisco, ami it was quite Datura 
the wine used on the auspicious occasion should be "1 
Crown Unit-Meet and Chandon."' This is the highest-priced vin- 
tage reaching San Francisco, and i; nade much 
social elect at San Fran, if 

No nation, either escaping from or lapsing into barbarism, has 
ever had a tax upon science, art or religion. Art, as I he word is 
understood, is not a luxury, but an enduring property, finally be- 
coming in most cases the property of the nation. A bottle of 
champagne is emptied, a rich gown wears out, and nothing re- 
mains. What would you pay for a bottle never emptying, but 
growing larger year after year, a gown always fresh and new, and 
improving day by day in beauty practically forever? 

Upon this principle is the American Free Art League of Bos- 
ton working. This organization came into life on April 20, 1905, 
and its sole object is to secure the removal of the duties from all 
works of art which have an educational value. The fundamental 
views of the league are admirably expressed by President Charles 
W. Elliott of Harvard University in the following statement: 

"A tax on art is a tax on the education and development of the 
sense of beauty and of the enjoyment of the beautiful. The ap- 
preciation of the beautiful is a rich source of public happiness, 
and the ultimate object of all Government is to promote public 
happiness. Therefore, a tax on works of art violates the funda- 
mental principles of a democracy which believes in universal edu- 
cation and in all other means of increasing mental and bodily 
efficiency, and the resulting public and individual enjoyments." 

It is manifestly the duty of the Government to encourage the 
fine arts as a branch of education as well as commerce, trades, 
manufactures, and agriculture. The encouragement of industries 
is more important in a new nation, but, when they have been 
firmly established and properly protected, as is the case in the 
United Stales, then the Government should turn its attention to 
the fine arts. The art of a nation is its most refining influence, 
and becomes in time its must enduring monument and the high- 
est expression of its civilization. While the expenditures of the 
Federal Qovernmenl are gigantic, its revenues from other 
sources are ample without resort to the inconsiderable return 
from a virtual penalty upon the introduction of works of ar1 

The fact remains oncontradictable thai ours is almosl il ntj 

civilized nation which does not affirmatively lend its aid to the 
promotion el' t be 

The highest development of art in this country can only he 
attained by the mosi perfecl freedom and unhampered exchange 

el' hie; is l„ | \veell the 111 1 i-i- of till- coll II II' V ;l lid of n| her coll 111 rics. 

Art is not indigenous, but finds its inspiration in the art of the 

civilizations which have preceded it. Thus. Greek an felt the 

powerful influence if usyria and Egypt; Koi t arl th 

Etruria; French arl thai of Italy. Japanese art that 
of China. And 30 in this conn e ledge of the 

art of the past must come i" as with the unhampered How of 
ideas from other countries, ffa traditions of Its own. 

ibis young nation should have the J! that the Old 

' can teach or suggest, without hindrance from tariff bar- 

* « * 

Rosa Hooper Plotner, the min lingly 

busy these days with a rush of order-. Vncng her latest < - 

missions may be noted a portrait of Mrs William Breeze, the 
well-known society woman, and a number of children studies. 
M rs. Plotner is particularly happy in catching the spirit of child- 
hood, and three miniatures jusi completed exhibit her at hi 
Tlie small son .if 1!. I.. Radke, the j. these; the 

grand-daughter of Mr-, if. \. Hopper, prominent in Honolulu. 
where she- own- extene ition inn nother; and 

the two children of Mr. an' Mrs. -I. B. Coryell represent the 

third. In additioi 

tings with several prominent society matrons of the 

Mis. I'lotner's work i- distinguished b\ Hi- exquisite color she 

- - ind her technique is ever admii 

* • • 

Miss Evelyn Witlirow is hard dio in Pine 

i showing many I -■ much diffe 

than she d While in I. . Miss 

Withrow had the lion 

in a "Life of Williai 
libs. R 

i with the portrait. 


visit iv . Mrs. J. Kdlin. in I' 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 16, 1909. 




Along with barbaric jewelry has comi an in 
outre artifices, thai were once regarded as es i ulgar. 

At the Colonial ball on Friday night, 1 heard a man remark: 
"Yes, she's a peach, but I can'1 .-land Eor the weird sachet she 

uses — ii drives to the great outdoors." Fancy any well-bred 

iwuag woman using sachet or perfume to such an extent that the 
odor becomes suggestive instead of a subtl suggestion. Yei a 
great many smart women are now so prodigal with their Ea 
scent thai in a shorl time a warm room becomes intolerable. Time 
was when a refined restraint in such matters would have made 
such a charge ridiculous. There are even a number of ■ 

go further, and import French perfume pastilles, and heav- 
ilj -'in their apart nts with them. Through the thin dis- 
guise of lower perfumes comes the pea trating odor of vanilla, 
and as. some one said the other day, ii feels like "breathing hot 
vanilla cream pudding," a feelii is - to have a tonic 

value after a few deep breaths. One or two ultra smarl hostesses 

have the latest L ton i» a-pot, whii h is made of a clay in which 

vanilla is incorporated, so that when the 'pot becomes hot a 
ii rceptible odor ol' vanilla Boats out from the clay. It the 
atmosphere of the room is fresh and sweet, there is something 
delicately aromatic about it, but if the outer air is already 
,li a perfume stick, it is just adding atmospheric insult 
i" injury. 

All this barbaric stimulant to jaded taste is in line with the 
changes that have come about in woman's dress in the last three 
years. "Store hair" is as common as millinery, and it is the 
i xceptional hat that suits the head without the addition of pull's, 
"i- a "rat" or some other hair artifice. Where once the woman 
who bad to wear ''boughten'' tresses kept the fact a deep, dark 
. now we have become perfectly shameless in the matter. 
Since fashion demands that the hair stand out at right angles to 
the head, we must help nature along and have become brazen 
about it. A society girl at a dance the other night lost, (be elabo- 
rate Psyche knot which adorned her hair, and rejoiced unblusb- 
inglj when her partner rescued it from the feet of the dancers. 

Jewelry has also a new catechism. Where once it was con- 
sidered a sin to wear it in the mornings, or on the street, now one 
sees thi tve society people lie-pearled and be- 

diamonded at all hours. Formerly the second commandment 

via- "Thou shah not wear paste!" X"w all smis of near-gems 
an- worn by the smart set. ( )n this subject there is much to be 
said mi defense. Mam semi-precious stones are more into 
and fa- mating than he mon valuable stones, and they admit of 
all manner of artistic conceit in jewelry craft. But it i- a de- 
cided invasion against the good upright tenets of former 

i el a debutante of a rainy morning with a saucy short -kin. 

clearing clean cut her heavy, trim shoes, while in her ears are 
pearls, or almost-pearls, as big as birds' eggs with pendants that 

do nui - ing T( ry clear of bur shoulders! Now, match me that 
for sartorial inconsistency ! 

Whatever our shortcomings, it can never be written that this 
■ii a dull season. This week, like its sisters, has brimmed 
nil of Erolic, starting off mi .Monday with two tea- and a dinner. 
Mis. Edgar P. Preston was a dinner hostess at the Fairmont, 
and Mi.-- Aiualia Sim J given in the Laurel Court. 

Mrs. Harry Francis Davis's tea was in honor of Miss Christine 
P.omeroy, who leaves shortly for a few wander-months in the 

(in Tuesday, Mrs. Carter Pitkin Pomeroy gave a handsomely 
appoint) > ! 'i oner party in honor of Miss Sara Collin, who was one 
of the last of the debutantes to maki her forma] bow. The Miss s 
Floride aid Natalie Hunt pleasantly varied the monotony of 
bridge parties by making theirs an evening affair, so that both 
men and girls could foregather Eor the Fascinating game. 

Wednesday was a strenuous day with diversified entertainment 
that kept all the varied cliques busy. Mrs. William Mayo 
Newhall gave an elaborate luncheon in honor of her debutante 
daughters, Virginia and Frances, and Mrs. Dearborn Clark pre- 
sided at .- xquisitely appointed luncheon in honor of the 

Unique among the Hotels of the 
world in situation, service, and 
social prominence. 

Palace Hotel Company 

muchly-feted Miss Florence Hopkins. Miss Helen Jones was a 
bridge hostess in honor of Miss Marian Miller, and elaborate 
Iimimi parties spanned the evening. Miss Carrie Griffiths was 
hostess in honor of Miss Sara Coffin; Miss Helen Jones made 
Miss Marian Milier the motif of her dinner, and besides, there 
were a number of "small and earlys" preceding the hop at the 
Presidio, which was very largely attended by the "town"' con- 
t ingent. 

The Friday Evening Dancing Club was, as usual, the inspira- 
tion of a number of dinner hostesses who afterwards took their 

guests to tin- dance. Mis. II. M. A. Miller entertained in I ' 

of her young niece, Miss Marian Miller; Mrs. William Boericke 

gave a dinner to a number of young | pie: Miss Jeanne Callois 

gave another oi the delightful series of lunchi s she is hostess- 
ing at the Fairmont, and the Misses Natalie and Sara Collin pre- 
sided at a charming tea in honor of their cousin, Mrs. Richard 
Girvin, who. as Pauline Duncan, won the hearts of every one' in 
Ross Valley, where -I" risited last winter, (be visit culminating, 
in her marriage .in lea- Eastern home to "Dick" Girvin, who 
thereby makes her our very own. 

Princess Eawananakoa, Mr. and Mrs. James Wilder and John 

Tam McGrew, who hi ii visiting at the St. Francis for 

.ii" -i. a week, have lel'i lor New York. 

Sonong the visitors from Los Angeles now at. the Fairmont are 
II. Ii. Andres-. Mr. and Mrs. I.. L. Ball, Mi- M. Bradley, W. S. 
Collins. Robert D. Hunter, F. II. Baldwin, Frank S. Hicks, C. 
('. Desmond. M. Campan, I'. M. Dorman and J'.urton li. Green. 

Dr. Rupert Blue has taken permanent apartments in the Hotel 
St, Frani is. 

Mr. and Mrs. Roberl Hayes Smith (Sue Nieol of Stockton) 
have returned to their apartments ai the Fairmont after an ex- 
tended trip abroad. Mrs. Smith, who has always been* extremely 

popular here, will probably do a great deal of entertaining in a 

en i , way. 

Walter Dillingham, who, during bis slay at the SI. Francis, 
ha- In en entertained lavishly by society and ha- himself been 
a delightful ho-i. left for his Honolulu home on the las! steamer. 

'I he Beta Pheta Pi I raternii i will give a banquet ami smoker 

in the red loom of the Fairmont on Saturday. January 16th, to 

all members. There an- aboui seventy-five of these fraternity 

men in this city, and the event promises to be of great Inn and 

jolly good fellowship. 

Saturday night the Hermoso Cotillion Club gave their second 

ball in the Colonial hail r i of the Si. Fraiieis. and succeeded 

in achieving one of the prettiest entertainments of the year. Un- 
der the leadership of Mr. \. J. Alvico and Mi>s Mabel Mize, 
many unique ami effective figures were evolved. 

THE STAR HAIR REMEDY, the beat tonic; restores color to gray 
hair; stops falling; cures dandruff; grows new hair. All druggists. 

* Removal Notice 
Schimmel & Boyd 

^U/ are now at their permanent 


and announce to their 


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Second flo 

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"all and 

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patrons the arrival of a 
ve imported 

Winter "Woolens 

R,,:ia;nff cor. Post and Kearny 
tsuuaing San Franci8co 

Jam u;v 16, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


Col. and Mrs. Howell entertained al dinner al the Fairmont 
on Monday night. Among their guests were Mr. and Mrs. Henry 
Po er Minimi and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Watson. 

'I'lie second concert of the St. Francis Musical Arl Society 
was the handle of the spoon which stirred Thursday. The 
George Newhalls, the Mayo Newhalls, the William G. [rwins, 
and Miss Jennie Crocker, were among those who entertained. 
The concert was bul the close of a day brilliantly begun at the 
beautiful wedding of Miss Marie Christine de Guigne and M. de 
Tampierre, which took place at St. "Matthews Church, San 
Mateo, followed by a wedding breakfast at the home of the 
bride's father. A special car conveyed the quests from the city, 
and all the old set in which the Parrott family moved were rep- 
resented at this wedding. Mrs. A. S. Lilley entertained in her 
usual charming manner at bridge in the afternoon, and as the 
players were all expert, a stimulating game was enjoyed bj. those 
who saved their afternoon for this event. 

Mr. and Mrs. I?. Pickens, IT. S. M. ('.. are al the Fairmont. 
The Dickens arc to be stationed at Marc Island, where they will 
he a welcome addition to the navy coterie. 

Mrs. I. Lowenberg will give an elaborate dinner in the grey 
room of the Fairmont on Wednesday. Covers for 25 will he 


A thug who probably drifted tcvSacramento with the race- 
track swindlers, who are trying to perpetuate their meal ticket, 
had an experience there last week that must have thrilled him. 

Sacramento boasts no track, and the thug was probably forced 
to resort to more direct methods of taking other people's money. 
Accordingly, ho broke into G. S. Chapin's house, and was busily 
engaged in prospecting when Mr. Chapin awoke ami immedi- 
ately engaged the burglar in a contest to the finish. The light 
was on but a. few minutes, however, when the burglar broke away 
and leaped through a window, carrying a pair of trowsers with 
him. Mr. Chapin is authority I'm- the statement thai those 
trowsers contained only a glass eye. \"n doubt the expression on 
that burglar's face as he gazed into the stony depths of that lone 
eye, would make a hit with a moving picture show. 

The higher-ups of the race track, (he wreckers of hemes ami 
promoters of suicides, will ere lone lie confronted with a series 
Of glassy eyes thai will furnish them with more food for thi 
than it is presumed I lie a fore-men! ioned vhiss eye did the crude 
Ihug who stole it. 

The expected has happened, President Roosevelt's radi- 
cal departure in placing a surgeon in command of ;i Government 
\essel has resulloil m n serious clash oJ authority between said 
surgeon. Charles F. Stokes, ami the vessel's sailing ma 
skilled mariner. When the hospital ship Relief encountered a 
typhoon, the sailing master wanted to maneuvre hi 
avoid il. The medico-captain wished to keep on. The Relief 
Buffered serious damage, ami was nearlj lost Finally the sail- 
ing master asserted himself ami savi he sur- 
geons stick lo their BCalpels. 'I hey know nothing of the : 

storms. Sailors do, an. I <hips should he co anded by 


■ Tillman's apology is the lamest thing we have hail to 

consider in this mailer of land grabbing. 

Ladles, when you're shopping and grow hungry, don't you know. 

Swain's Is quite convenient, and 'tis there you ought to go; 
The pastry Is delicious, and the meats and win.s :»re !C 
Swain's for hungry people is the place whore they should dine' 
Swain's Restaurant. Van Ness avenue, near Sutter. 

E. F. Hutton & Co. 

Bankers and Brokers 

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Si. Francis Hold » Tel. Douclis 24,S7 

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Prusir wire lo Chicago. V* York Orders executed chrough sn> New York Stock 
Exchange house, affording Easterners the opportunity of feMfiflf with their own 


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N. E. cor. Bush and Stockton 

Centrally Located 

A Modern and Up-To-Date Family Hotel. 
Sun in Every Room. Elaborate Furnish- 
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Reception Room. Grill Room. Dining Room 

European and American Plan 

Del Monte 

near quaint old Monterey 125 miles from San Francisco. 
Uniting all the pleasures of outdoor life under Ideal conditions, 
with the conveniences and luxuries of the best metropolitan 
hotels. For rates, reservations, etc.. address 

H. R. WARNER, Manager. 

Hotel Argonaut 

Built by the Society of California Pioneers, Fourth street near Market, 
San Francisco. Caters to both Family and Commercial Trade; 400 roomp; 
rooms with detached bath, $1 per day; rooms with private bath, $1.50 and 
up per day; breakfast,* 50c; luncheon, 50c: dinner. Including wine, $1. 
Seating capacity, 500. The Hotel Argonaut's free bus meets all trains 
at ferries and steamship landings. 


Hotel Westminster 

Los Angeles, Cal. 

Fourth and Main Sti. 

American Plan 


Rates per Day. $2.50 Rooms without Bath. 
Rooms with Bath. (3.00. 13.SO and M00. 

European Plan 

11.00 per day and up 
With bath. 11.60 and up. 

F. O. JOHNSON, Proprietor 

R. Bujannoff 




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Alfred Bannister 

P olic Expert ACCOUNTANT and AUDITOR. 1927 California Street. 
FRANCISCO. Phone Kearny 287 1 . 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 16, 1909. 


The new Taximeter Service is a splendid thing for this city, 

and incidentally for the pr tera of this great enterprise. The 

"Taxis," as they are called, will command a ready use by our 
discerning people, as they are both reasonable and conveniently 
quick. The directors are the Following well-known gentlemen: 
George P. Puller, President: Prank P. Hooper, Vice-President; 
Pay C. Heal, Secretary and Treasurer; Clarence I!. Ward, Car- 
roll N. Heal. Lawrence W. Harris, and Rene J. Marx, directors. 
The company operating the Taxi is called the Pacific Taximeter 
( 'ah Company. 

The energy and capable work already dune is due in a greai 
asure to Mr. Pay C. Heal, the secretary and treasurer. 

The cab is a luxurious ope ■ closed motor car. and it will be 

for hire at all hours. Reservations may be made I'.ir theatre, shop- 
ping, business or social calls. These may be made by telephone. 
Sfarkel 981. There is no chance For the chauffeur to come the 
familiar hackman's trick of overcharge. The patron only has to 
watch the meter, and then pay according to the rate Bheet, which 
i- as Follows: Pirsi one-third mile or fraction, thirty cents. Each 
sixth mile thereafter, ten cents. Each four minutes waiting, ten 

The li-i of extras is as Follows: Bach package or trunk carried 
outside, twenty cents. Each large package or trunk carried 
outside, forty cents. 

No charge for calling or dismissing cabs in district bounded 
by Mission streel From Ferry to Tenth street. Tenth street to 
Market. "Market -'reel to Haight, Haight to Steiner, Steiner to 
Pacific, Pacific to Polk, Polk to California, California to Powell, 
Powell I" Sutter, Sutter to Kearny, Kearny to Clay. Clay to 
Waterfront and Ferry. 

Calis called or dismissed from points not included in above 
district will be charged for at regular rates from the limits of 
above district. 

All Eerriage and toll charges both going and returning must be 
paid by passenger. 

\o charge for calling or dismissing cabs at Third and Town- 
send Depot. 

1. The Taximeter automatically indicates the fare for use > 
cabs at rates given above. Fare is computed only by distance 
traveled while running, and only by time consumed while wait- 

'.'. When the flag is in an upright position the cab is "Vacant" 
and may be engaged. When the flan is in a horizontal position 
the cah is engaged. Passengers arc warned, when engaging a cab. 
in see that the Bag is in an upright position. 

Before starting, the driver will put 'he flag down, when the 
meter will register 30 a uts (except when answering calls outside 

of Free calling district, when Bag will be put down from boun- 
dary of Free calling districl and charge Eofusing cab will com- 
mence from that point. ) The charge of 30 cents will pay for use 
of the cab until service to that amount either in driving or wait- 
ing lias keen rendered. The meter thereafter will register an 
additional in cents For each sixth of a mile, or For each four min- 
utes Of waiting. 

::. In case of accident, punctured tire, etc., causing delay, the 
driver will immediately put the Hag in such a position thai the 

Taximeter slops registering an] fare until the repair is com? 
pleled and the cab starts off again. If the passenger does not 

care to wait, payment of amount indicated on register should be 
paid to the driver. 

I. To prevent overcharge, the passenger should see that the 
flag marked "VACANT" is pulled down by the driver when en- 
gaging the "Taxi" and lhat it is pulled up by the driver when he 
dismisses the "Taxi." 

5. In case of a dispute or misunderstanding between passcngei 
and driver over fare, passengers are respectfully requested to pay 
amount indicated on Taximeter, get receipts for same from 
driver, and take the mailer up for correction or explanation with 
the officials of the company. 

ii. Vehicle accommodates Four passengers. Charge is the same, 
regardless of number carried. As fares are plainly indicated, 
passengers ca I be overcharged by unscrupulous drivers. 

V. Drivers must carry any small package or baggage outside of 

cak when requested to do so. Drivers are permitted to use their 

own judgment in carrying baggage, and if pieces are loo large 

ina\ refuse in earrj them. 

8. Tali-, if vacant, while standing or moving may In- engaged 
at any point on the sl reel. 

It. Any discourtesy, had language or rudeness on the pari of 

employees, should lie reported at once to the officials of the c - 

pany. the driver's number being given. 




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January 16, 1909. 

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San Francisco is not to have an automobile show this season. 
At. a regular meeting of the Automobile Dealers' Association, 
held Wednesday in the elub rooms, the members of the local 
trade decided not to hold a motor car exhibition this year. This 
is Hie first season since the automobile industry became a factor 
on (he coast that the local agents have not exhibited their latest 
motor cars. , 

The reason given by the majority of the dealers for not having 
a show was the effect that the announcement would have on the 
prospective business of the dealers. A great many people would 
undoubtedly postpone their purchases of cars if they knew that 
a show would be held where the entire lines of the local agents 
would be on exhibition. As the show could not have taken place 
for at least one month, this would undoubtedly have delayed a 
certain amount of orders for machines until that time. 

On the other hand, the agents who favored a show, claimed 
that the holding of an exhibition would add to the general inter- 
est of the game and create' a demand for cars among hundreds 
of people who would not otherwise consider the purchase of an 
automobile. This view, which has been held in the past, has 
proved successful, as all of the shows held in this city have proved 
a success, both from the number of sales recorded by the exhibi- 
tors, and from a financial and artistic standpoint. Practically 
every city of any size in the country is preparing to hold a motor 
car show this season, and it will be interesting to sec the com- 
parative results of [be motor car business in the respective cities 
and San Francisco. 

While the merits of holding an automobile show (be present 
season in this city is questionable, the importance of the auto- 
mobile show is shown by New York, where the licensed and un- 
licensed manufacturers of motor cars are now holding their an- 
nual exhibition. Probably between the two shows, a greater 
number of automobiles are represented than ever before in the 
history of the motor ear. Over ninety-four different exhibitors 
of automobiles are entered in the Madison Square Garden show. 
where the licensed makers hold forth, while over a half hundred 
differenl makers exhibited at the Bhow of the unlicensed makers. 
Dealers, representatives and agents From all parts of the world 
have traveled to the Eastern metropolis to view the now mod 
of the American makers, and the general bus com- 

plished by the exhibitors is reported very large. Now agcni 
are appointed and larger allotments are being given to the al- 
ready established representatives as a result of the show. 

* * * 

The San Francisco Motor Club hold their regular meeting 
Wednesday night, which tool, the form of a jinks. The club 
rooms in the Central Bank Building were handsomely furnished 
ok fors the olub members were invited to take part in the celebra- 
tion, and the evenii to music, songs and the . 
oral discussion of motor doings. 

li was decided h\ the directors of the elub to hold an endur- 
ance run early this season the members of Hie tours and runs 
committee, of which Ton] Nichols is chairman, to select a i 
and il ite ot le tour in the near future. 

* * * 

Resignation of ^F>^. Frank /.". I 

Mr. Frank E. Carroll has resigned as secretary of tt S 

Francisco Motor Club. His resigni a was handed in at 

ting of the club on January Btii". Thi - n by Mr. 

Carroll is to b members of th< 

of Mi. Carroll's general efficiency. II d al- 

ways the right man in the right place. Others, i- - iem- 

San Francisi i Slot >r Club, are M i . 

roll's efforts, n- by the following 

Mr 9 g Club, ( 

Dear - it for yojll - 

your elub the 

bile parade was such a splendid success. The co-operation of 
your members and your untiring efforts made the occasion a 
memorable one. Again thanking you for your good work, and 
with host wishes for the success of yourself and members of your 
organization, I beg to remain, 

Very truly yours, 
New Year's Eve Celebration Committee, Down Town Ass'u. 

By Paul T. Carroll. A. t!. 

Mr. W. R. Johnston was elected to succeed Mr. Carroll. Mr. 
Johnson is well known among the automobilists of this city, and 
will undoubtedly make an excellent Secretary. He has had a 
great deal of experience with automobile clubs and oilier matters, 
and was one of the most prominent figures in the Chicago Motor 
Club for many years. 

* * * 

The annual meeting of the Automobile Dealers' Association of 
California was held on Wednesday night, January 6th, and the 
majority of the directors were re-elected, Max L. Rosenfeld be- 
ing again chosen President and H. T. Choynski as secretary. A. 
E. Hunter was elected vice-president, and II. D. McCoy as treas- 
urer. The Automobile Dealers' Association looks forward Eor a 
prosperous year, and as soon as the weather moderates, runs and 
tours will be planned for the season. The members fully appre- 
ciate the g I work done for them in the past by Mr, Rosenfeld, 

and honored him by re-electing him for the third consecutive 

* * * « 

The White is the only oar which is not a copy or an imitation 
of some foreign product, In almost ever] class of machinery — 
typewriters, Bewing machines, agricultural implements, machine 
looks, etc, — American ideas of construction bare eventually 
proved triumphant, and bo it is with the White steamer. The 

While is sold in quantities abr I in competition with the home 

product, and as regards this country, there arc more Whites in 
uso than any other nun uring oar. The White pos- 

sesses so man] po uperiority over - -i automo- 

biles thai an] one who purchases a car Without first investigating 
the White is acting with only a partial understanding of the 
possibilities oi automobile construction. 


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San Francisco 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 1G, 190t). 

When mi Monday afternoon the Gabriel Horn, with its three 
and one-half full octaves and thirty-seven horns in one instru- 
ment was heard throughout the Grand Central Palace, there was 
an immediate rush for the center of the building, where Milton 
Lusk, surrounded by an admiring and enthusiastic audience, 
rendered piece a tier pieee of classical music. The special piece 
which Mr. Lusk rendered was the full score of Tannhauser, 
which struck every one who heard it as a most wonderful piece 
of harmony to be executed upon an automobile horn. This is the 
only horn of its kind ever built in the world, and its owner states 
that it will nni Lie duplicated and is not for sale. Tim born is 
composed of :;: horns, the same as put upon automobiles by the 
Gabriel Horn Manufacturing Co., of Cleveland, Ohio, and is 
driven by an electrical blower in lieu of the gasoline engine 
exhaust. This one. which is delighting tens of thousands of 
music lover- in the Grand Centra] Palace, is a larger duplication 
of the oiH' which, attached to a large touring car. preceded the 
(Hidden Tourists into every city and hamlet last year. Mr. ('has. 
It. Foster, President of the Gabriel Horn Manufacturing Co., 
is new arranging to take the big horn, shown in the Palace, 
abroad this summer, and will lour England and France. Ar- 
rangements have also been made to have the instrument as a 
musical feature at the Pittsburg, Rochester, Kansas City and 
Boston Auto bile shows. 

Several New York City officials look a ride with Manager Fos- 
ter of the Gabriel Horn Manufacturing Co., of Cleveland, and 
'with Milton Lusk. who played I be twenty-eight bom Gabriel, 
and who plays the ihirtv-seven born Gabriel, and ai the conclu- 
sion, II Ilieials said that under no circumstances would tbev 

Mile 1,1 prevent the playing of the musical horn in Manhattan. 
They only objected to the so-called sirens, which had raised 
r.iiu about the city. The Gabriel proved far from objectionable, 
owing in iis musical tone The Gabriel Horn Manufacturing Co. 
bas been lively commended lor its latest horn, combining the 
qualities which fail to make it at all disagreeable. 

In a letter to S. G. Chapman from .1. I'.. Eccleston, sales man- 
ager of the Oakland Motor Car Co., commenting on the excep- 
tional interest, amounting almost to a sensation, shown in the 
new four-cylinder < Oakland by the \ isitors to the Palace Show ju>i 
closed. Mr. Eccleston attributes no small part of this interest 
to the fact that A. P. Brush is the inventor and designer. "It 
is quite natural,"' he writes, "that this new creation from the 
bands of such a well-known engineer should arrest the attention 
• if all interested in automobiles. Bui even had the car not his 
prestige to back it, the manner in which the Oakland is perform- 
ing is more than sufficient In give its i ie far more than the 

ordinary prominence. 

Renault Taxieabs are the latest on Van Ness Avenue. For a 
few cents, one may make a hurried call to any part of the city. 

Mr. A. G. Woodill, of 
agents \'<>r the I lakland cai 

YVendill Auto Co., LOS Angeles 

ft last night for Pontile, M ich., 

when.' the Oakland factory is located. He is making the trip in 
the hope of getting the Oakland people to increase their allot- 
ment of ears for this season, the demand BO far having exceeded 
their most sanguine expectations. 

The Peer of All! 


Bass-Hueter Co. 

816 Mission Street Distributors 

Adapted to Every Machine 

"Friction Costs More Than Lubrication" 

Morgan *WrightTires 
are good tires 

There is no Method of MAKING FRIENDS 
Equal to the Method of MAKING GOOD 

Weinstock, Nichols Co. 

600 Turk Street San Francisco, Cal. 





Are the assets of the Oldsmobile, the car 
that has no weak point. 

Chalmers Detroit 1909 Thomas 

Immediate Delivery 

Price $2900 San Francisco 


901 Golden Gate Ave. 

.1 \\l V1IY 16, 190!). 

and California Advertiser 



Through express from the Wesi is now delivered to the con- 
signee in New Xork City just tweuty-four hours sooner than it 
was before the Adams Express Company placed a Packard 3-ton 
truck in nighl service. This truck, which is one of the fourteen 
Packard trucks used by the . Vilnius Company in the metropolitan 
district, runs between the Adams Company's Jersey City dock, its 
garage and distributing station on West Forty-seventh street, 
its Harlem station on 124th street, and its Brooklyn depot. It 
combines the handling of packages to be transferred between 
these stations with carrying incoming and outgoing through ex- 
press. The service between trains and distributing points which 
it renders through the night allows the actual delivery of West- 
ern express packages one day in advance of the previous schedule. 

The Adams Express Company was one of the first advocates 
of motor wagons. Its experience in motor traffic started with 
steam wagons, which were discarded in favor of electrics. A 
number of the latter are now used extensively in several cities. 
This pioneer work in I he development of motor service, it is 
asserted, has been due to a tirm belief in the eventual supersedere 
of horses for business hauling, 11 is pointed out that the volume 
of business in New York and other large cities is increasing so 
rapidly that the old horse delivery system will soon he rendered 
absolutely inadequate. Not only has the routine delivery and 
collection work on established routes become steadily greater, 
hut much more territory has to he g»vered than formerly, and 
this territory will continue to increase. Consequently, motor 

trucks hauling heavy loads over c paratively long distances 

will greatly increase efficiency ami effect economy. 

The Adams Express Company's recent installation of Packard 
3-ton trucks is obviously the beginning of an extensive installa- 
tion of gasoline wagons in New York, and also in other cities. 
The company's practice speaks particularly well of the Packard 

trucks, because, of the eighteen gasoline trucks altogether in- 
stalled, fourteen of these are Packards, cither being the ones 

just pill into service or the old smaller trucks which have been 

used regularly for several years, ami which are doing such good 

work that they will he continued. 

Knowing that the proper care and handling of motor vehicles 

is a most important consideration in obtaining efficient and eco- 
nomical service, the Adams Express Company has gone about the 

maintenance of its gasoline trucks in a tl ugh and practical 

manner. At ".'l',' West Forty-seventh sti i there is a special 

gasoline vehicle garage of concrete construction. In ihis gar- 
age there is not only storage room, bill a complete repair -bop 
ami stall' of mechanics, under the charge of a superintendent of 
garages, who directs the care of the truck- ami plans their gen- 
eral system of usage. The trucks ail' earol'ulh looked Over by 

experts when they arc In the garage, so thai thej are not likely to 
be sent into service in any oilier than first-class condition. 

Most of the drivers were broken in to the work by the Adams 
Company, and constitute a more carefully trained corps of driv- 
ers than is ordinarily encountered in similar work. At the pres- 
< nl time two Boors of I he gasoline garage building are used a- a 

stable for horses and as storage room lor wagons, but t be buili 

is in such shape thai ibis room i> quickly available for an increase 

in the motor equipment 

* * * 
Boston ha- a "Colored Chauffeurs' Club." (if what color or dif- 

lereni hues, are ibe members, is not staled, bill left to inference. 
Chaulfeiiring is a calling that induces high coloring: in some 
cases it seems lo In- I various habits that are even more e\ 

than be chameleon. 


Touring 1 Cars 


Walter C. Morris 
640 Van Ness Ave. 

TeL Franklin 8777 San Francisco 

Osen & Hunter 
Auto Co. 





In response to a demand for b larger and roomier car than 
our 20 H. P.. 4 Cylinder. Model "R". and more moderate in 
price than our Light Six. we have produced the Model '"X". 
This car represents the moat advanced ideas in automobile 

Pacific Motor Car Company 

376-380 Golden Gate Avenue 
Oakland Branch: 1 308- 1 Franklin Street 

Manlaclare* »j StrrrasDaryn Comr—J Ckiram Fib. Matt. 

"M«mtwn iMomlMc ol ti wu i iahwolil* lic^ " 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 16, 1909. 

An interesting demonstration of the durability of the modern 
automobile when properly handled is thai of the 1906 Thomas 
I'Iiit, owned by Charles C. Moore, the well -known motorist, and 
President of the Chamber of Commerce. The car, which is one 
of the first of this make to arrive in the city, has been driven 
over 35,000 miles, being in service steadily since the purchase. 

Tours to all sections of the State, sveekly trips to ami from 
Santa Cruz, over the famous lie Redwood road, ami daily ser- 
vice m the city streets, is the usage the machine has had, .mil 
notwithstanding numerous offers to buy or trade, coaxing ami 
persuasion by salesmen, the well-known clubman has refused to 
pari with the old Green flyer. "I guess the only way you can 
gel Mr. Moon to purchase a aew car is lor me to run this old 
Thomas into a train, or nil' the Eerrj boat,' 1 said the chauffeur. 
"The longer we use it. the better il runs. 1 have had it over- 
hauled once in the pasl year, and otherwise our expense bills con- 
sist of gasoline and nil. pTudging from present indications, thi 
old Flyer will he running the streets when the ambition of the 
1,000,000 club is realized'." 

* * * 

Mr. Frank O. Renstrom, President of the Frank (>. Benstrom 
Company, was the center of attraction among the automobile 
owners, the other day, by appearing on the avenue in In- 'no 
.Model "I." Pullman runabout. The machine is a little beauty. 

and as il ran noiselessly along the smooth pavements of Van W-- 
and Golden Gate avenues, many people stopped lo admire n an i 
compliment Mr. Renstr n the new machine. The Model "I." 

is a light and powerful ear. The Pullman is also made in Model 

6C-30 and Model M-40. The Renstrom Company is receiving or- 
ders and inquiries daily from all parts of (lie State, and has pros- 
pects of shipping several cars i'i I [onolulu in the early spring. 

* * * 

Many of the automobile dealers along Auto Row are enthu- 
siastic over the new cash drawer with a paten! alarm attachment 
now lining manufactured by Bishop-Larsen Co.. corner Van Hess 
avenue and McAllister street. This attractive drawer costs hut 

■$'.'.nl), and is easily worth four limes thai amount. 

* * * 

F. W. Twiggs, a local automobilist, arrived yesterday from 
In- ranch near Walnut Creek, making the trip in his Oldsmobile 
touring ear. Twiggs reports the roads muddy and rough, and 
says thai few motorists are using their machines in thai terri- 

The "New 30" shaft driven car having 
the Durability and the Reliability of the 
"20" chain driven car, will eclipse if possi- 
ble the triumphs of all former models. 

The Greenland Co. Inc. 

Phone Market 1398' 
Valencia near 14th San Francisco 


\N automobile 
needn't be 
heavy to be 
strong and 
Strength is a 
question of materials 
and their proper distri- 
bution. The Franklin 
idea is common sense 
combined with skillful 

Consolidated Motor Car Company 

402-6 Golden Gate Ave. 

Phone Franklin 3910 

.T.wiwky 16, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


Ooldfield Plans Speedy Auto Racetrack. 

Plans are now under way for making Goldfiekl the place Eor 
holding a grand Beries of automobile races. Tex Rickard and 
other well-known sporl followers and millionaire mining men arc 
back of the movement and preparing to make an energetic cam- 
paign for securing some great racing events for Goldfield. dm 
on the desert about twelve miles from Goldfield is a dry lake bed 
of \asl extent, level as a floor and hardened by centuries of bak- 
ing under almost tropical rays of sun. A circular track fifteen 
miles m circumference has been defined and tried out with autos, 
and it is believed that it will prove the fastest track in the world. 

Ed. Martin has associated himself with the Osen & Hunter 
Auto Oomparry, the local agents of the Mitchell automobile. Mar- 
tin has for a number of years been prominently identified with 
the Pioneer coffee firm of this city, and lor the past two years 
has successfully used a Mitchell Runabout in his business. We 
feel his success in his new line of work is assured, as be I'ulU 
demonstrated his ability and enthusiasm in the 24-hour endur- 
ance run over the San Leandro course, when he made a perfect 
score with a Mitchell runabout. 

* * * 

Pour .Studcbaker Suburbans arrived in this city a few days 
ago from the factory at South Bend, Ind. For the past several 
weeks, the local branch of the Studcbaker firm has experienced 
a big demand for this type id' the Studebaker, especially from the 
interior part of the State. Chester NVWeaver, manager of the 
local branch of the Studcbaker Company, accounts for this in 
.that the car can be interchangeably used for both pleasure and 

utility purposes, and for that reason is an ideal car. 

* * * 

Reports from all parts of the United States which have been 
received recently by Chester NT. Weaver, local manager of Studc- 
baker Bros.'s Company of California, indicate lied during the 
year 1908 lite Studebaker Company literally leaped into public 
Eavor. Sales of machines of all types have been phenomenally 
large. According to Weaver, preseni conditions indicate that the 
record for the year 1909 will eclipse, everything thai has even 
be. ai hoped for in the past. 

Fears are entertained for the safely of IK Y. A. Williams. S. 
P. Hammond and a chauffeur whose name is said to be Hasher. 

e prising a party which left Los Angeles January lib in an 

automobile for a trip across '.be desert to Randsburg. The pai 

was last beard of al nagged, where they struck OU) across the 
desert for a mine near 1,'andsbiirg. and relatives fear they have 

perished. Searching parties sent out several days ago have re 

turned without any news. (Ine party is slill oul. 

* * * 

L. IF. George, of Oakland, is the latest purchaser "f a Chal- 
mers-Detroit. 1 Dr, P. D. Crowley, also of the trans-bay citi 
delivery recently of a 6-cylinder 10 b. p. Thomas Flyer. Dr. 

Crow lev lias been a strong devotee of horses lor tie' last twenty 

years, and his present purchase is only another evidence 
replacing of the horse by the motor car. 

» » * 

The Pioneer Automobile Company reports the following 
11. I,. I. likens, of Corning. 6-cylinder 40 h. p. Thomas Flyer; .1. 
S. Bradford, San .lose, and 0. I!. Raisch, Oakland, Chalmers- 
Detroit ears. I. likens took advantage of the two hundred miles 
of rough road from tills i itj to I orning to trv his new ear. 




All that the name 




Salesrooms and Garage: 
N.W. corner Van Ness and 
Golden Gate Avenues. 

The finest livery 
service in the WesT;. 



Also Agents 

for the 





Our Automatic Steering and Safety Device 




Fully and 
by patents 

Insures your safety and your car. Holds the ear steady if 
you losi - ;s the dr;\ er at all times. Price SS.OO. 

The Abrams-Mason Co.. Sole Manufacturers. Chatham. N. Y. 

HARRY G. STEWART. Distributer. 426 Van Ness Avenue. 
San Fran. 

We Don't Expect to Sell Every Dealer 


The Oil In the Checkerboard Can" 

-hut wr DO eipect- Mr. Dealer, thai if you don't krfp Panhard Oil in stock, jou Mill he 
fj.r »iiti uv and TFJ I. WURll STOMFRS SO. 

We bebeve thai sooner or later you will -<-H Panhard Oil. because yon can thereby me 
> our customers the best oil on the market Abo jon know it is easier to »el sonM-thinc 
(or which there is a um>erul demand. 

We euarantee that you will secure the permanent trade of every to whom joo 
ad Panhard Oil--lhai s »hi it will r»> >oo well to keep our oil in dock. 

Our booklet. Lubrication." pjnanj a lot of meful information on cylinder o#. We will 
-end you a complimentary copy anon request. 

Beware of Imitators 

L. H. and B I. DILL, Sole Distributers 

1.12 Valencia Street 

San F>jrv.- 


San Francisco News Letter 

January lfi, 1909. 

Although Madison Square Garden is generally acclaimed a 
great show amphitheatre, and there is much ado when talk is 
made of destroying it, the fact i- thai the Garden is inadequate 
to the needs of the metropolis, and New York is really poor in the 
way of a big hall- for exposition purposes. Nothing illustrates 
the truth of this more pointedly than the automobile shows. Since 
1900 there has been annually a national automobile slum- in the 
Garden, as there will be this season, beginning January Kith, 
under the direction of the Association of Licensed Automobile 
Manufacturers. In the meantime, however, the makers outside 
of the licensed association have begun to hold their own show 
elsewhere just prior to the Garden show, and it is a notable fact 
that there is no building in the city big enough to accommodate 
all the exhibits should it be desired to hold a single show. Al- 
ready every ingenuity of engineering has been resorted i<> in or- 
der to increase the floor span- of the Garden, and every square 
I'm. i of space is at a premium. II was found necessary by the 
big manufacturers to draw discriminating lines somewhere, and 
many minor exhibitors who waul to In- in the Garden show are 
forced to find -parr elsewhere. Should ii come about that it was 
thought in In- desirable in hold a united show, ii would be im- 
possible simply for lack of a building spacious enough. 

* * * 

Our ut the most interesting of modern improvements in shaft- 
driven cars is the making of the fixed member of the rear axle 
nf ;i one-piece forging, with the anus bored nut for the live mem- 
ber. The inventor of ibis design is B. It. Gray, chief engineer nf 
the American Locomotive Company's automobile factory, but 
the idea lias been adopted by others since it first appeared mi the 
Ak-o ears last spring. It is nol uncommon fm- valuable im- 
provements of one maker in In- copied by others. In this way the 
genera] industry has been advanced, but it is annoying to the 
originators of good deligns to find the copyists getting credit 
for beiii- the inventors, which Mr. Gray finds has been the ease 
regarding his new axle. The first seen of the new pattern, ac- 
eording to Mr. Gray, was nn a Locomobile ear last March, but 
recently a Western maker has brought out the same thing on a 
new model, and it has been heralded as distinctive to bis car. 

* * * 

According to the latest advices, dear obi France is again go- 
ing to take its dolls and go home. 1 f ii cannot win all I lie games, 
il won't play. When the French makers failed to get the rules of 

the Bennet cup race changed sn as iii permit them more entries 

than any other country, il gave up the cup and refused In run 
the race any more. Now, having been beaten at Savannah by 
Italian and German cars, the French makers, it is reported, Mill 
refuse in compete in another contest I'm- the Grand Prize of 
America. There is talk, a Is... nf I he annual French show being 
abandoned. The solution nf the troubles nf the French makers 
would seem |.. 1 ic (be holding of races and for French ears 
only, so thai whatever make comes oul mi top, ii surely will be 

* * * 

Something that will make membership in the American Au- 
tomobile Association much more valuable is an official organ 
published regularly, and containing besides the official news 
nf the meetings and other doings nf II 'ganization, various de- 
tails concerning mads and the benefits offered in members. It 
is expected that such a publication will be issued early in the 
year. Information concerning membership can be obtained from 

Secretary F. II. Fllintl. I:li Fifth avenue. New York. 

* * * 

A good watch-dog is useful in a motor caT at this season, if il 

is sometimes left without no person in il. I'm- the fur coat anil 
lap robe thieves have been particularly busy. 


Automobile and Carriage 
Painting 4 


K & K Company 

507 Turk Street San Francisco. Cal 

Telephone Franklin 3391 

Representative Garages of San Francisco. 

Washington and East Streets 

Phone Kearny 678 

Ferry Garage Company 

All Workmanship Guaranteed 
Storage Renting Supplies Machinist 

White Garage 

Hayes near Polk Sis. 

Phone Market 1705 

Auto Livery Co. 

M. L. Rosenfeld, Mgr. 
Van Nese and Golden Gate. Phone Franklin 1535 

The McAlpine Garage 

Jas. K. McAlpine, Mgr. 
1618 to 1630 Jackson St. Phone Franklin 3256 

Panhandle Garage 

E. P. Slosson. Mgr. 
N. E. Cor. Fell and Ashbury. 

Tel. West 6885 

The Renstrom Garage 

424 to 446 Stanyan Street. 

Tel. Park 476 

Golden Gale School of 
Automobile Engineering 

419-425 Larkin Street 
Phone Franklin 3391 


Clearing House 

Sin Francisco. Cil. 

San Francisco 

Los Angeles 

Chanslor & Lyon Motor Supply Co. 


Automobile Accessories 
Largest and most com- 
plete stock on the Coast 

Agents for Hartford Tires 

H. D. McCoy 

Secretary and Manager 

542-4-6 Golden Gate Ave. 
San Francisco, Cal. 

NOTICE. Phone Market 751 

^528 G01S6HS7- S/lh ' FIWiadCO.OIL 


Monogram Oils 


Monogram Oils 


Pacific CoasT. Distributors : 

Geo. P. Moore Company 

721 Golden Gate Avenue 

San Francisco Col. 

January 16, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


M. W. Levy, whose wealth is estimated in the seven figures 
ami more, is planning one of the most extensive automobile lours 
thai has ever been undertaken by a Californian. In a few weeks 
he will leave for the islands, where he, with his family, will Bpend 
several weeks in touring wherever it is possible for him to pilol 
Ins specially constructed Studebaker "40." 

On leaving the islands, the well-known millionaire will take 
a steamer to Central America, and will tour all through the lat- 
ter portion of the country, visiting the canal region, Mexico and 
the southern part of (he United States, after which he will return 
to San Francisco by way of Los Angeles. Mr. Levy has been 
planning for his coming trip for several months, and he and the 
members of his family are looking forward to it with the greatest 

* * * 

Carrying around Syracuse air in San Francisco Eor 11,200 

miles is rather a new stunt, yet that is what Mr. George For- 
derer has done, his Franklin ear being equipped with Diamond 
tires, which were iullated at the factory at Syracuse, ami the same 
air is in the tires to-day after that remarkable mileage. It re- 
flects credit both on the lightness of the Franklin ear on tires 
and the quality of the tires used. 

* * * 

An exchange slates that in the kingdom of Portugal there arc 
838 automobiles all told. In the Philadelphia papers lately, 
there appeared an item to the effect that on a certain occasion. 
1600 motor ears were assembled, and the little city of Honolulu 
boasts ever 350 machines. Verily, the kingdoms of Europe make 
a sorry showing against even an ordinary American city. 

* * * 

Many real estate agencies near Mew York City use automo- 
biles lo show prospective customers their lobs. But the purchaser 
is often disenchanted when for the first lime he has to walk to 
I be station. 

* * * 

Mr. ('. E. Matbewson, Pacific Coast manager id' the Diamond 
Rubber Company, has jus! left lo lake in the New York Automo- 
bile Show; also pi visit the factory at Akron, Ohio, 

T. 11. Finloy, a prominent Saida Maria attorney, has 
changed from another make lo Diamond tires ami Marsh 
on his l'ope-llarl ford ear. 

* * * 

\'\ A. Marriott, dr., was the winner of the Diamond prize last 

week for Ihe faslesl oporali >f the Diamond Demountable rim 

by a novice, bis time beine one minute ami Bve seconds. 


— ■ — The new Japanese rooms (Marsh's), with rare, high Jap- 
mese art exhibit, are now open in the Fairmont Hotel. 




Only used 500 Miles. Must be Sold Now 

A Great Bargain 





100 Van Ness Avenue, cor. Grove 

Tips to Automobilists 

PALO ALTO — Stanford Auto and Manufacturing Co.. renting, repairing 
and sundries. Fire-proof garage. Day and night service. 443-9 Emerson 
street. Tel. Main 78. Machine and repair department, 511 Alma street. 

SAN JOSE— WALLACE BROS.' GARAGE, Market and St. James 
streets. 20,000 square feet of floor space. Special accommodations for 
ladies. Repairing, sundries, renting. Fire proof garage. Day and night 

SAN JOSE.— Stop at LETCHER'S New Garage for first-class service. 
We cater to the touring public. Attractive parlor for ladies in connec- 
tion. "Mission Front" garage next to corner of First and St. James Sts. 

GILROY, CAL. — George E. Tice, general machinist, expert repairing of 
automobiles and engines a specialty. Day or night service, 260 N. Mon- 
terey street. 

SAN JUAN.— Stop at the PLAZA HOTEL, opposite the OLD MISSION. 
Special attention paid to automobilists. 

PETALUMA. — McNear Garage and Machine Works. Any kind of auto 
repairing. Full line of auto supplies; complete machine shop. Corner 
Third and C streets. 

HANFORD— The GURNEE Garage. Any kind of automobile repairing. 
Full line of auto supplies. Open day and night. Complete machine shop. 
Telephone Main 35. "TOW BOAT" always ready. 

We Want Your Automobile Repair and Machine Work 

The Irvin Machine Works 

335-337 Golden Gate Avenue 
President and Manager 

Phone Market 2366 

San Francisco 

Keenan Bros. 

Automobile Engineers, Machinists and Blacksmiths. 
273 Valencia Street, San Francisco. Telephone Market 1986 




and at less expense and inconven- 
ience to you than at present. Rent 
your batteries from Auto Ignition Co. 
709-711 Octavla St. Phone Market 5678. 


Pacific Coast "Technical Representatives" 


>Tirra*BT mw vmrk 

We carry a complete line of Magnetos and Parts. 

Phone Market 1425 465 Golden Gate Avenue 



Tires Retreaded and Made New 
Phone Park 71Q 636 Van Ness Ave 



Successors in STEVENS & H.klM.1 ON RUBBER CO. 

Phone Franklin 612 

524 Polk Street, near Golden Gate Ave. San Francisco. Cal. 

Thomas B. JefTery A Company. 117-125 Valencia St.. San Francisco 

S;?\ens-Duryea touring car. 



passenger. Completely over- 

hauled, newly painted and in good order. Can be seen at the 

Reliance Automobile Company 

Phones: E£ |« 54? " 7 raHo ° Str ~' 


San Francisco News Letter 

Januakv Hi. 1909. 

We carry the very latest and most original 
styles in wall papers, curtains, draperies, tiles 
for mantels, etc. See our stencilled designs on 
Russian Linen Crash. 



Sherman, Clay & Co.. occupying this entire building- 
at - Kearny and Sutter streets, San Francisco, are 
headquarters for every kind of musical instruments 
from Steinway pianos down. You have no need to 
go elsewhere for any article pertaining to the music 

Sherman Kay & Go. 

Steinway and Other Pianos— Victor Talking Machines 


Broadway al 13th. Oakland 

Yosemite Valley 

Open Al! Year 

Why not plan a Holiday Trip lo 
California's Wonderland for yourself 
and friends. 

It is a quick, comfortable trip; daily train service. And Yosemite at 
this time is no less attractive than in other seasons. First class hotel 
service at El Portal and in the valley. For through tickets, see Southern 
Pacific or Santa Fe, or address 

0. W. LEHMER, Traffic Manager Y. V. R. R., Merced, Cal 



a Axi fa k^ j ■ d 

He » i- evidently the victim of frequent libations, and as he 
stood leaning againsi a posi al the corner of Twelfth and Web- 
ster streets, he attracted considerable attention. Bui this did 
not Beem to worry him any, as he puffed occasionally at a cigar- 
ette in which the light bad died. Finally he threw away his 

cigarette, spent a long minute in cogitation, then slowly k 

nil' his hal. Stooping, lie picked up Die compressed air bicycle 
pump which is stationed there for the convenience of bicyclists in 

n 1 of juice, [lo then turned the air on his hal and gave ii a 

thorough cleaning. When satisfied with his work, he re-adjusted 
his hat and started soberly down the street. 

* * * 

she was a middle-aged woman, dressed in blade She entered 
an Oakland book-store and in subdued voice asked a question of 
the polite clerk. "No." was the reply. "I do not keep the morn- 
ing papers-. I have several of the afternoon papers, however." 
"\n. sir," was her answer. "I asked if you kept mourning paper. 
Stationery, you know." The clerk was abashed and softly shook 

his head in the negative. 

* * * 

To the Christ Episcopal Church of Alameda, nol so very long 
ago, came Reverend Edward If. Dodd, from England, lie was 
very British in appearance, mild in countenance, and looked 
every inch a clergyman. The organist of the church at that time 
was John De P. Teller, every bit a musician. He had taken a 
big interest in the church for many years. When a hoy he pos- 
sessed a beautiful treble voice, and he had lead the boy choir 

which made the church famous. 

Teller, during his incumbency as organist, worked early and 

hue. ,i ml at last he succeeded in gathering together ei gh 

monej I i install a handsome double manuel organ. The organ 

which had been at the church for many years, was a small one. 
and the new instrument was a wonderful improvement. fjnder 
Teller's direction, many classical musical entertainments were 

held. The new organ was installed at a cost of $16,000. 

Then, according to the story, came Reverend I 'odds. Music 
was his hobby, and. gossip says, he was soon informing Teller 
just how some of the music should be played. Teller took 
offense, and in so many words informed the reverend gentleman 
that he was musical director, and by virtue of bis position, he 

would handle the melody as il pleased hni. Shortly after Ibis 

came Teller's resignation. And the story is that he was asked 
to resign. 

* * * 

There is on the Oakland police force a patrolman who at one 
lime was a London "bobby." Although be has become thoroughly 
acclimated, his thoughts travel hack to the great English capita.! 

on occasion, and the spirit of reminiscence is especially strong 
when the fog comes out ot i lie sky and clings like a heavy gar- 
ment to the city. In his estimation, the hay cities have no right 
io boast of their heavy fogs. Those white, dank wrappings of 

mist which pul fear into the hearts of ferryboat captains, street 
car men and lonely pedestrians, are a sham. Listen: "III l.iin- 
non. the fog is so thick that von cannot see the face of your com- 
panion. At limes, you cannot see the band before your eyes. 
Yon »all< down a thoroughfare when the fog is nice and thick, 
ami the only wav you avoid running into people is by hearing 
their footfalls. (Jo into a cigar store and buy a cigar, and yon 
do nol see tile dealer's face. The fog creeps in from every crack 
and cranny. He gives you a cigar, and yon take his word for it 
that it is the brand von asked for. When he makes your change 
\'ni have hi grope around on the lop of the counter to find it; 
you cannot see it. Rather gelling your Comfort out of life with 

a little difficulty, heyf But those are the exact facts. Tails 
about fog in Oakland. Huh!" 

* * * 

Captain William Dimond, 112 years old, exponent of tin out- 
of-doors life, and an advocate of olive oil. was given a hen. 
Other day which netted him a neat sum. After an iiieresting 
programme, the centenarian, lively and jolly, led off the grand 

.1 wi un 16, 1900. 

and California Advertiser 


march, of the evening was passed in dancing. Tl 

will be remembered thai al the time of the big lire Gaptaiii 
Diraond losl everything he hail. Not ;i bil discouraged in spite 
of liis greal age, he came to Oakland and engaged in business, 
and has succeeded in making a modes! competence ever ejnea. 
Ilr has kepi on using I lalifornia olive oil, remained young, grow- 
ing more youthful wit)', the years, and says ho is good for a Long 
time yet 

\ i H -w departure has beeD the order of three bold highway- 
men arho have been operating mi the outskirts of Oakland thfc 
pasi few weeks. Tired of the old routine of travel on foot, 
"i- even on horseback, these daring thieves have been operating 
in a big red automobile, and so far have two bold crimes in their 
credit. A road house in Pitchburg, known as Fuller's Gardens, 
and Johnson's roadhouse, near Elmhurst, wore robbed, ami in 
both instances the cash registers were rifled, (he occupants of 
the places were lined up with their Eaces to (he wall, and numer- 
ous shots were fired. Then with a final flourish, (he three knights 
of the road jumped into a waiting automobile ami were whisked 
away into the darkness. So far the)' have proven themselves to 
he artists, but no doubt they will bungle a job before long, and 
make it plain that they are no cleverer than (lie ordinary law- 

* * * 

There has been much talk in Oakland lately of forming a club 1 , 
which, if it eomes to a successful issue, will add much toward 
increasing the quota of politeness among the city's males. Dif- 
ferent residents of the city have noticed for some time past that 
there is a growing neglect on the part of the men to give up their 
seats to women in the street cars, and it is a common sight these 
days to see women holding to straps, many bending under bun- 
dles and some with babies in arms. During the busy holiday 
'season, the need for some reform has become more apparent. 

The object of the organization is to make way for a woman 
if there is no vacant seat for her on a ear. If a man has a seat 
ami he sees a woman standing, he must tender her his place. If 
she is not loaded down with bundles or children, ami does not 
appear to be more than middla-aged. the man occupying flu- cov- 
eted seal may use his judgment in the matter. But, of course, if 
she is pretty, she will get his seal. 

In the death of Henry Holmes, San Francisco musiG- 

lovers lost a. sincere friend and California one of its biggesi men 

in the musical world. Henry Holmes was a musician who - I 

for the highest principles ol' his art. and no less a personage than 

Sir George Brove actually slated thai he considered him "prob- 
ably the greatest living musician of the day." Sir George Grove 

was intimately acquainted wilh the musical i [positions of the 

mail of wli he spoke, some glorious musical conceptions that 

flic world lias never heard. These compositions, in the possession 

of Mr. Holmes's w idow , are new l\ ins in a \on erii condition, 

having been burned almosl beyond the hope of fche copyist's 
craft in the fire of April. 1906. This is an eve lingly deplor- 
able 'end a of affairs, and the News Letter is to thi 

wilh a suggestion which should appeal to the local mi 

who knew and revered 1 1 in r\ Solmes. The v. . these 

Compositions, lor music's store would he unquestionably enriched 
M them. When (his great artist died, a memorial fund was 
pin ed al the disposal of the w idow as a token of the love and 

appreciation of the musician. Surely tin- -till abroad, 

and funds would he mi once Forthcoming to an even nobler end, 
namely, the restoration of this artist's composition. The amount 

needed is not large, and ii ti his municipality 

ig. a great work would he accomplished in 

emory of an illustrious man. Ti respectfully 

offered l>\ the \i'»- [/ettei to San F . and it sincerely 

trusts that a fund for thi- most praiseworth) porposi will he 


Xew York is talking of building a stadium 

that of London. We have a big stadium in San Fran 

we need in San Francisco is an audit or iut dimensions 

and less jawing about it. Let's srot to work seriously. 





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San Francisco News Letter 

January 16, 1909. 


Farewell, wild hearth where many logs have burned! 

Among your stones the fireweed may grow. 
The brant are flown, the maple-leaves have turned, 

The golden-rod is brown — and we must go. 

Good-by, calm nights and unrepented days 
Of brave, free life devoid of care and wrong, 

Of hunters' fare, of merry-chorused lays, 

And woodland hush more sweet than any song. 

The owl shall hoot across a lonely lake 

In whose full depths our moon imprisoned shines. 
Whose drowsy waves no flashing paddles break, 

Whose pebbled shores are fringed with dreaming pines. 

The buck shall stamp anil lift a furtive hoof — 
Where once we dwell the hear shall make his den; 

The bat shall hang beneath a broken roof 

Whose birchen cover knew the dreams of men. 

— Arthur (liiilrriuiin in Current Literature. 

"Qui gagne bataille, 

".1 nni mis ,i mows." 

"Qui'l gagne on qui 'I perde, 
Les aura toujows.' 

Two maids uprose in the shimmering light 

Of the clanging battle-morn; 
And one was tresseil like the bird of night, 

Ami one like the ripening corn. 

Then outspoke she of the raven locks. 

And her dark eyes glowed like wine: 
"If lie slay the foe, the knight I know. 

He shall win this heart of mine!" 

But softlicr she of the yellow hair, 

Ami her blue eyes 'gan to fill: 
'Though he gain or lose, the one I choose 

He shall be my true-love still." 

— Austin Dobson in Tin: Century. 


The ripened year, all ermine clad. 

Draws swiftly to its close: 
Ami scarlet holly-berries gleam 

Where once bloomed summer's rose. 
But 'neatb the pearls of mistletoe. 

One story ne'er grows old, 
For in the silver ash of time, 

Love lights his torch of gold. 

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For death in patriot fight may be 

Less gallant than a smile. 
And high endeavor, to the gods, 

Seems in itself word, while! 

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San Francisco, Cal., Saturday, January 23, 1909 

No. 4 

TISER is printed and published every Saturday by the Proprietor, Fred- 
erick Marriott. 773 Market St.. San Francisco, Cal. Tel. Temporary 3594. 
Entered at San Francisco, Cal., Post-office as second class mail matter. 

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All social items, announcements, mining, commercial and financial 
news notes, advertisements or other matter intended for publication in 
the current number of the NEWS LETTER AND CALIFORNIA ADVER- 
TISER, should be sent to the office not later than Thursday morning. 

Congress will fail in its manifest duty if it does not re- 
move the tariff off of Philippine products. 

Boston has spent $200,000 for an armory. What is the 

matter with San Francisco and its armories? Union labor? 

The whole of the people of California is looking at the 

Legislative doings at Sacramento. 'Uiat body of law-makers is 
mi trial. 

No man is a true politician who cannot tell all women 

they are good looking, and that their children arc the host on the 
footstool of God, 

Thinking Republicans view with alarm the evidenl at- 
tempt of some of the unthinking to thwart the public's desires 

in Sacramento. 

After all, the rain was a blessing. We should always 

judge of things as they may benefit all. rather Mem through the 
spectacles of the self-centered. 

If no law is passed lo do away with race track gambling, 

we y as well put on 7110111-11111": for the <J. <>. 1'. in California. 

The time will he ripe for a new parly to spring into existence. 

Earl Granard, judging by the pictures ami the reports, 

is not only a man of good taste, hnl he possesses much wisdom. 

lie sue, led in selecting a line wife lor himself. He is a lucky 

man indeed. 

When all the relief money gets there from the I 

States, Ihere will be more treasure in (he Taranto peninsula 
hanks than was ever stored Ihere before, ll never rains, hut it 

pours money when Uncle Sam is chari pbent 

A Napa philosophei says that he has comi conclu- 
sion thai men do nol understand women, lie says thai he arrive.] 

al this wise conclusion mi the ground that. did they undi 

the female se\. the] would quil "chasi them. Too true 

ami too had! 

Senator Tillman is slill explaining away his original 

statement thai he ha- never "considered" land in Oregon. He 
says In- meant "contracted" I'm' land, instead, "lis true this is 
quite a different thing. This little typographical mistake allows 
a Senator ample ground for hedging. 

Senator Tillman must have dropped thai pitch-fork ami 

taken ids. There is a visible mark of hobnailei 

on thai patch on the Western did of the overalls as tic 

-iv notorious, gentleman ami' 1 I down 
Pennsylvania avenue. 
The three innocent children of the book-keeper 1 

will wonder after they are grown up. and their father is pointed 
. why it w ature hesitated in 

giving :1c children of the State through ade- 

quate lav - : betting. 

1 should enact a law creating an addition.! 

-e already in exis 

of Public Works. The 
cumbenl should he John Hays Hammond 

T,he rains are over. Thank God for the rains. They were 

worth millions. 

-California should send a crack military company lo I he 

inauguration of Taft. 

Tillman now may join the "po' while trash" from whence 

ho came. Weighed ami found wanting. 

Governor Gillefl. must he a subscriber lo the "decent" 

daily press of San Francisco, lie makes no mention whatever 
as lo any step to be taken by the Legislature to abolish I he evil. 
Perhaps he has had no opportunity lo know anything about il, 
being so busy about other and less important things. 

Castro was operated upon in Germany, ami came mil of 

the ordeal with a pleasant smile, tie is not through with Venez- 
uela yet, lie says, lie proposes lo go hack ihere ami see for him- 
self how it happened after he left thai the Government threw 
away all its opportunities lo bring a lot of carpet-baggers to 

The difference between a railroad with initiative and one 

without is the difference between the Santa Fe ami others too 
numerous to mention. The motto for this link between San 
Francisco and the Bast should he blazoned in big Idler- all 

over the front of their San Francisco offices: "We follow where 
others lead I" 

They have made a bonanza discovery in the gold dredging 

line in the Paracale district in the Philippines, island of Luzon, 

Derations that are bringing in $1.25 a yard net. There are 

-iv gold dredging companies in the distrii 1. ami nol one of them 
is offering stock for sale. They are all close 00 is. This 

is (he best o\ idence of the truth port. 

The anti-Japanese maniacs al Sacrame will End that 

the (ooernment of California and the force of Uncle Sam is lo 
lie reel art out to make a war between 

America ami a fiiondU nation, and ill for the I o n.-li t of a few 

malconl - " Francisco lahoT union hoodlum \ 

-e fools to endanger the peace 

The hat makers say they must raise the price of ha 

'hat the hatters have gone on a national strike. 

e other hand, it costs them «'.'."s less a gallon for alcobol 

itf came into use. and we have sen D 

responding reduction in t 1 ■ i 'I is an 

absolub 1 1 enters into use in the 

shellac used in stiffening. 

When will onr judges awaken to the fact that the navy 

is not a reform school iminals? nd has 

just received warning that Judge Biddli a burglary 

youth named William ' n condition 

would enlisl in the navy. Of , ruiting 

- will have nothing t, «nd the 

tilistod men. arc 
nil at the jud_ 
'1 of every candidate for enlistment. 

The Unit ~ neral has asked perm 

intervene -' nt ,,v 

u r,uld ito the 

10 are polluting 

w 1th crude oil refuse and - other day one of th 

and debris 

without a protest? How about the Legislature? 

The Race Track. 

The Race Track is the paramount 
issue before the Legislature to-day ! 
There is no other question that does 
not pale into insignificance before this one big monster the law- 
makers are asked to kill. Race-track gambling must go, and, if 
that means the death of horse racing, then the track itself must 
go. There is no middle course. No measure can pass the scrut- 
iny of the people. Every trick of the opposition is watched and 
noted. It must be borne in on the politicians that no action this 
session means the discomfiture of the Republican party at the 
polls next session. The anti-race track people are in the war 
for the term of the war, or until the bitter end. The people will 
not stand for equivocation and delays, and there is no good reason 
to be offered by the race-track gambler as to why he should not be 
wiped out utterly. 

The Republican party is the party in power to-day in Cali- 
fornia, but that party will lose its strength in this State, as ut- 
terly as if it had been blasted by some terrible blight, unless 
some action is taken to save its life by enacting a law that will be 
a vote-getter at the next election. Defeat the people to-day in 
the matter of the race track and you defeat the Republican party 
at the next election. 

Every trick that any scurvy or crooked politician has to offer 
will be tried, for the race track crowd is reduced to the tactics 
of the bushwhacker who dares not come into the open. This ele- 
ment dares no longer bring the noble horse into disrepute, a? it 
is flagrantly notorious that California horses are practically 
barred from both tracks, and the owners of California horses 
laughed out of the paddock by the Eastern ring that controls 
the doped races at Emeryville and Arcadia. 

Erank Daroux and the track man- 
The Track Tacticians, agers are not losing any time at 

Sacramento. They not only propose 
to fight more or less openly any anti-betting legislation, but they 
propose to force into line a number of interests which so far have 
stood aloof from their fight : thus, for instance, the president of 
the anti-poolroom league in Southern California is a Mr. Letts, 
who is proprietor of a large department store in Los Angeles. In 
order to keep him busy with his own affairs and distract his at- 
tention from track matters, a bill will be introduced in a few days 
requiring department stores to take out a license for each depart- 
ment ; thus, if there are twenty departments, there will be twenty 
licenses. Each license to cost as much as the license for an in- 
dividual store. The saloon keepers and Royal Arch have not only 
taken no interest in the race-track fight, but their attorney, who 
is a State Senator, is classed a? being among the anti-race-track 
Senators. Bills are to be introduced in favor of Sunday-closing, 
prohibition, and heavy State tax on saloons, and so on, to bring 
the local element into line. The prohibition bills are also ex- 
pected to alarm the vineyardists of the State, and it is calculated 
that they may bring pressure upon their Senators and Assembly- 
men to favor the race tracks. The friends of decent government 
and anti-race-track legislation must not raise confidence that 
because to-day they have a majority in both houses of the Legis- 
lature that the battle is won. The skirmish has hardly com- 

Lb Bedf Sent to 
States Prison. 

That the State of California, in 
permitting the race-track gambling, 
was partly responsible for Le Beufs 
downfall, was Judge Brown's opin- 
ion. In meting out punishment, the jurist said in part: 

"The transcript of testimony in this case shows that one of the 
principal causes of your downfall has been racetrack gamblinc. 
For more than a year now, I have "ome to see completely and 
fully what a terrible hold, what a terrible grip, gambling such as 
this can get upon a young man; how his employer, his wife, his 

child, how everybody must give way to the almost insane desire 
to gamble everything be can put his hands on at the race track 
and at other forms of gambling. As I have been sitting here, 
the first thoughts that ran through my mind were that the Stale 
was more to blame for the commission of this crime than you are; 
but I have changed in ihat opinion somewhat. The great State 
of California shares the blame for the commission of this crime 
with you to-day. You are only one of a great many who have 
gone this same route. It would be a magnificent example if the 
members of the legislature of this State could be present in this 
court-room and sec such a specimen of young manhood start 
upon his way to the penitentiary because of the grip which race- 
track and other forms of vicious gambling has taken upon him." 

Here then we have, gentlemen of the Legislature, of the great 
State of California, the Alpha and the Omega of Crime. The 
kindergarten variety of race-track education, and the graduate 
ready to go to the finishing school at San Quentin. It is a rare 
thing that it so happens that the commencement exercises occur 
at the same time. 

Is it possible, in the face of the daily exposure of the wholesale 
corruption that is fostered by the track and track methods that 
there is a single man so low in his self-esteem that he will place 
anything in the way of the bill prepared by Mr. Frank Otis, and 
patterned after the Hughes bill of New York? Is it possible that 
such a one may be among the legislators who can return to his 
people, his family, and look them in the face, after having de- 
liberately jeopardized the purity of his daughter, the chastity of 
his wife, and the honesty of his own children? Ts it possible 
that there are twenty-three men who would deliberately give 
poison to a school full of children? Is it possible that there are 
twenty-three men in the legislature that would innoculate a town 
with a plague, content to see the poison they had introduced fol- 
low out its toxic course and convert a whole community into a 
lazar of moral lepers? What shall be done to these men? 

To the twenty-three men in the As- 
To the Legislators. sembly and to those others in the 

Senate who are in favor of the race 
track gamblers and gambling, we wish to submit the following 
two items cut from the pages of the daily newspapers of Tues- 

The thefts of which the four boys 
Children Steal to are accused cover a long period. 

Play the Races. Prank P. Bunker, superintendent of 

Schools, delivered a report to the 
school directors preceding their action, in which he set. forth that 
the pilfering became widespread with the school term that opened 
August 1, 190S. Tn the time intervening since then there have 
been stolen from the pupils and teachers 179 books. II fountain 
pens. $35 in sums from 5 cents to $3.50, 80 umbrellas, 15 pins, 
8 purses containing no cash, and unnumbered overshoes, gloves 
and small articles. 

Morris C. James, principal of the 
Reports Many Thefts. Berkeley high school, avers that in 

the last two years the books and per- 
sonal property stolen from his desk have cost him $25. He has 

received reports of 40 thefts from individuals, ami teacher. 

whose name is not divulged, was robbed of $25, which was taken 
from a coat. These peculations became so obnoxious, according 
to the directors, that a short time ago a rigid investigation was 

Public Buildings. 

San Francisco wants half a million 
dollars for a public building. Los 
Angeles a quarter of a million dol- 
lars for an exposition hall, and Sacramento Valley four hundred 
thousand dollars for river improvements, the State University 
three million dollars for its various departments, the insane 

.1 im u;v ■.':'>, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

asylum another million dollars, the prison reformatory schools 
and so "ii a million dollars or two, more than, in other words, 
Lf the Legislature were to amend whal is asked for the entire 
State tax would be, considerably over a dollar, not to speak of 
the county tax. It is very evidenl thai the pruning knife will 
nave to be used very liberally this session. 

1 1 seems un certain thai the pres- 
Railroad Legislation. ent legislature will enact some legis- 
lation In control the railroads. Of 
course there are lots of persons who would like to see a ven 
radical liill go through, and who seem to forget thai the Legis- 
lature of California does not control the railroad traffic of the 
United States. II is well to remember thai State railroad legis- 
lation must always be carefully drawn so as not to effect inter- 
state commerce, becaifse, in that event, the courts will at once 
nullify any laws of that kind. 


"I waul good mads, as laid down in my message to the Legis- 
lature, f am mil in favor of the Stale accepting every byway and 
lane thai may be improved by the counties. I want a main sys- 
tem of mads that will extend throughoul the State rather than 
a network of mads thai lead to unimportant points. I wanl a 
system of genera] highways, and thenyif the counties wanl to 
add laterals themsejves, well and good. 

"The Stair cannot afford to enter into an agreement to keep 
up all the mads in the State, and Ihus lei Hie counties escape 
Mir ureal burden. 11 the counties wanl lo go ahead and build 

standard roads along the highways that will I mbraced in the 

State scheme of main arteries, I am in favor of the Slate accept- 
ing such parts of those mads as become a part, of the general 
system and comply with the specifications as lo construction, 

"My proposition is lo issue bonds in the sum of $18,000,000 
tor the construction of about 3,000 miles of mads, which would 

give the State a g I system of highways. Money would then 

have lo he appropriated by (he legislature from lime In time to 
maintain the Stale highways as is now done. 

"It w-r are going to have a system of good mud- I wanl a 
system thai will conned the main points of the State and extend 
throughoul the Slate wit limit breaks in the genera] system. This 
would lie impossible under the association's scheme of allowing 
the counties lo lake the initiative. We would have good mads in 
one county and none in the next. II would be verj hard to es- 
tablish an efficient and satisfactory State Bystem. I am going 
right ahead with my hill, and if the good mads association peo- 
ple don't like it, they can so ahead with their bill. 

"As 10 the talk thai the bonds won'] carry, you can say for 
me thai they won'l earn if the Association ge ml and 

begins to hammer. I'm in a position In know thai the people of 
the State will Mile bonds for mads it they know thai 
will lie huill by competent men and property maintained. My 
idea is in bring onl from Washington the bi - in the 

country en mad building and have them direct the building of 

the mads." 

Ih\ el" Law lor. 

If the lady join the Spreck- 

els-Phelan n he accepted as 

authorities concerning judicial in- 
tegrity and ability, the Honorable William 1'. Lawlor, now pre- 
siding over the trial of Patrick Calhoun, has attained the quin- 
tessence id' wisdom, fairness and infallibility. Ami the trans- 
i endenl virtues o Judgt I murine 

enthusiasts, are by it' 1 means confined to his phenomenal intimacy 
with the Penal Code, of which one lady writer assures her readers 

he is -a walking imV ■ off numbers as a kindergarten 

says nursery rhymes he found enjoyment in its 

S8." But the Hon. William Patrick Lawlor is far more 
than "a walking index of the Penal Code." Miss B 
of the Bulletin assures us "that busy brain of his knows every 
move made by every man in the a." This won' 

order for a judge of ordinary human ability, 
do by Mr. Hem ' or M-. I 
or Mr. Burn- or Mr Oliver or Mr. Sebindler or any other leading 
agent of the Spreekels prosecution is concerned, 

Miss Beatty's estimate of the lion. William Patrick Lawlor's 
omniscience need nol be questioned. Patienl ami keen observers 
in the court-room during the earty days of the Calhoun trial can 
hardly have failed lo sense Hie wins of sympathetic understand' 
in."; that conned the bench with the prosecution's table. The 
lion. William Patrick Lawlor lias "played ball" wilh Mr. Honey 
on so many notable occasions during the las! two years that their 
mutual appreeial ion and their sympathy and intimacy with each 

others' "plays" is not surprising In (he initiated. Indeed, ever 
since the Hon. William Patrick Lawlor, on April 39, 1907, re- 
sponded with such grace and alacrity in the summons of Mr. 
Spreckels's private detective. Win. J. Burns (not then trans- 
ferred In a "special agency" I'm' the district attorney's office, at 
$G25 per month). In a midnight assignation with Special Prose- 
cutor lleney and the representatives of Abraham Ruef, the bond 
between the court and the prosecution appears to have been sealed 

Miss Bessie Beatty, of the Bulletin, 
An Important Factor, is eminently correct in apprising her 

public nf the fact that "the judge in 
In- ease is an important factor." II is because of his pronounced 
friendliness to the cause of the Spreekels' Prosectil ion, and be- 
cause of the incalculable aid he can render il at Ibis, the si 

critical juncture and the climax of the prosecution's whole 
career, thai the Spreckels-Phelan press is hoisting the linn. Win. 
Patrick Lawlor to the summit of so lofty a pinnacle. 11 is for 
these reasons that the Bulletin's readers are assured of "the 
seemingly inexhaustibility of his knowledge of the law and the 

(dear, healthful face of him." Miss Beatty's pen, indeed, leaps 

In ecstasy in penning Judge Lawlor's virtues, graces, beauty and 
accomplishments, and as a devoted scribe for the Spreckels- 
Phelan press she does her lull duly to her employers, since her 
panegyric is calculated to mislead and confound an innocent 
public. P>u|. the same pen which she dips in hnncv In extol her 
editor's faithful friend mi the bench, she plunges into vitriol In 
describe anv person connected with the defense. That decorous, 
scholarly and brilliant y g lawyer. Stanley Moore, whose 

legal knowledge and acumen am recognized by every member of 
the San Francisco bar. is dismissed as a "boy lawyer" and tin 
"son of the court bully." Perhaps, however, it may occur to 
some of the Bulletin's readers that the spile of Miss Bessie Beatty 

againsl the defense is rather too acrid, just as her de- 

votion lo the prosecution and unbounded admiral ion of II"' Hon. 

William Patrick Lawlor are too transparently overdrawn. But 
perhaps, also, Miss Bessie Beatty, of the Bulletin, has done wmi 
public service in calling her readers' attention lo the fact thai 

"Hie judge in Ibis case is an important factor." and in divulg- 
ing and emphasizing the intimate bond between the Bulletin, 
which is the prosceiilion's evening mouthpiece, and the TTon. 
William Patrick Lawlor. 

The acquisition of the Stanislaus 

Calhoun's Big Deal. electric power plant by the holding 

company of 11 
i v. is taken to mean thai the si met tra 
San Francisco is to be greatly extended. W! alhoun 

his last visit East, the transaction, which involves tin in- 
vestment of nearly $12,000,000, was The purchased 
property controls one of thi iter-power sites in the Weal 
for the development of electricity. When developed, whieh it is 
be the immediate intention 3 nislaui plant will 
furnish more than twice the quantity of power required by the 
local system. The official report of the deal has bad 

■ning effect on the l". B. B. securities many 

initiated by malirioui to the effect that 

impany was in financial straits. Nothing could be further 

mm the truth, for the local corporation is one of the corollary 

the TJnib I B npany, 

which controls and owns the si 

of leading centers. Instead ,.:' 

has made remarkable progress in spite of the wrack and ruin 

by the earthquake, which neceas le reconstr 

of almost all the hxal lines. Ti ulay for rebuilding, I 

understand, was made our of the earnings of the road9. The re- 

owards th 
.mi of the Kev Bo Oakland el 

- ndieate, with the C 
aed by the parties concerned. 

San Francisco News Letter 

Jaotjart 23, 1909. 

Committees and boards mean 
nothing at all when it comes to the 
estion of doing things, and that 

'I 11 

The Govebnob 
and the 'koads. 

is why the Governor has taken the 
stand that he wants a bond election to provide for the appropria- 
tion of eighteen million dollars for good roads for California. 
Headers of the News Letter are probably aware of the fact that 
the editor has but a luke-warm regard for the chief executive of 
the State of California. If the reader is not aware of this con- 
dition, it is not the editor's fault. The News Letter wishes to 
record the fact that it stands behind the Governor in his demands 
for good roads, and that it upholds every word of the statement 
that is published below. Some time ago the News Letter pub- 
lished an edit irial asking that the State, patterning after the 
State of New York, appropriate a proper amount for good roads, 
and that a system of roads, inter-county highways, be established, 
the building of which shall be the duty of the State of California. 
It also suggested that the counties pay only for such roads as are 
infra-county, and that these be accepted by the State only when 
they became arteries from county to county. Further than this, 
the News Letter suggested that inter-State roads be built by the 
Federal Government. It was also suggested that the help of 
the National engineers be asked from the Washington authorities 
in this matter. The Governor has sensed the situation as ap- 
parently no other good roads advocate in California ever has. 

His is a patriotic movement, and while he has the power to en- 
force his demands upon the Legislature, the News Letter wishes 
him to carry his dictation to the limits possible to a Czar! 

It is admitted that New Zealand is the trial ground of all the 
isms ever incubated in the mind of the social economist. It must 
be admitted that many of these ideas have become great suc- 
cesses, and yet success had been impossible without a premier, 
such as Sedden, who had the force of character and backbone 
to enforce the popular will in an almost tyrannous fashion. Gov- 
ernor Gillett has the power to veto or pocket any of the pet bills 
of any of the opposition. The News Letter is no believer in au- 
tocracy, but here is a chance to exercise autocracy in such a man- 
ner as to enforce the will of the people that the State in the end 
may be provided with good roads. 

The friends of the State engineer 
The State Engineer. are out in force against the idea of 

importing experts from Washington 
to show us how to build the State roads. The friends of the 
State Engineer are unduly alarmed. Nothing that is contem- 
plated in the measure, proposed by Governor Gillett, in any way 
interferes with the duties of the State Engineer, and there is no 
reflection on his ability contained in the idea of bringing on the 
National experts. It is necessary that the work be carried on 
in the most expeditious and effective manner. It is necessary 
that the work and its management may be dissociated from poli- 
tics to the greatest possible extent, and it must be absolutely im- 
possible for graft to creep into it from any source. The Federal 
exports are not affected by the local conditions, and no manner of 
State political intrigue may influence them one way or the other. 
The News Letter urges upon the Legislature of the State of 
California the necessity of observing the will of the people, as 
expressed by the Governor. We must have good roads, and 'the 
eighteen million asked for is only the beginning of a continuing 
appropriation to be made by the succeeding Legislatures. The 
bonds will be met with ease, and the benefits accruing to our peo- 
ple will take shape in millions of dollars' profit to "the farmera 
Where the farmer is prosperous, the rest of the population is 
blessed indeed. Help the farmer to good roads, and you help 
yourself to prosperity. 

Business and 
Private Honesty. 

Come now, Messrs. Editors and 
Managers of the Spreckels Call ! Are 
you one-half or one-third or all hon- 
est? Do you believe the track ie a 
good thing for California ? If you have no first-hand knowledge 
of the effect of the track on the population, call in (he police 
detail man. He will tell you a few things. Come out. now ' Ac- 
knowledge that you are not honest. You claim great honesty in 
one direction, but in another your "boob" has social oblis 
and business connections he dares not break. You are not honesi 
for von have a "business honesty" onlv. the kind you arc so I', mi 
of describing to the public as belonging to your "enemies." 

Upton Sinclair, the writer of a very 
The Notoriety indifferent play recently shown to 

op Failure. be unsuccessful in San Francisco, is 

doing his own press-agenting. He 
sa}'s that he has a new play which he will call, or lias called, 
"John D." He is quoted as saying thai he wants a man to take 
the star part who possesses the facia] characteristics and the 
physical lines of John D. Rockefeller. In view of the fact that 
the present production in the dramatic line from the pen of the 
slaughter house author is a flat failure, it is only just to Mr. 
Rockefeller to advice him not. to get unduly excited. It would be 
a most daring manager indeed who would touch anything of 
Sinclair's with a ten-foot pole. 

Mi;. Stead and 
Lyman Abbott. 

Mr. William T. Stead tells us this 
week that lie receives letters from 
the spirit world, and (hat they are 
written by himself in a state of re- 
laxation, lie says that Willie finds him when in this plastic 
condition, and then guides his unresisting hand over (he paper 
registering the ghostly Willie's thoughts and telling his aged 
father (he impressions conveyed to him by other dwellers in the 
land of spirits. Mr. Stead is evidently in his dotage, and he is 
seeing things. Mr. Lyman Abbott is to Hie Eore with a most 
yellow story of a resuscitation from the dead, to prove that the 
dead live again. This is fine dope lor the papers, but it is stuff 
that would not call for one minute of the time of an editor if it 
were not that the two gentlemen who are responsible for these 
pipe dreams are such venerable liars. They stand so well in the 
world that the average editor is perfectly willing to dish out 

their dope dreams, as if true, when if some | ' derelict gave 

them a much weirder tale they would call in the police and have 
the wretch restrained. This stuff might he ■■. j >■ el.-il from Mr. 
Stead. He is a harmless old lunatic, who has always been so, 
but Lyman Abbott is a man of different calibre, and it must he 
admitted that his variation from the straight and unimaginative 
line of truth comes as a shock to our nerves, and jars on our 

Hearst is the champion Facing-Both-Ways, the unrivaled 

Janus of these latter days. Lambasting the sport of crooks in 
New York, he is in San Francisco its most consistent supporter. 
While he is abusing corporations and the individuals composing 
those corporations, we are informed by the telegraph that he is in 
a combine with Harriman and others in some great scheme in 
Mexico, where he owns an undeveloped empire. And yet, many 
thousand fools and socialists read his boughten editorials and 
discuss his Sunday drivel. ,\"o stronger argument could be ad- 
vanced advocating the disfranchisement of such people. And 
yet — and yet — perhaps I am mistaken. I gratefully acknowledge 
that these same people refused to vote for the Hearstian figure- 
heads i n the late election. 






No Branch Stores. No Agents. 




Some folks are under the Impression that all ready-made 
clothes are the same. We beg to differ, for substantial rea- 
sons. In a shop like ours, we only soil clothes. We don't know 
a thing about other goods. All we know is men's clothes, 
that's all. Our entire attention given to men's clothes; then 
how can a haberdasher or mixed merchant compare his clothes 
knowledge with ours — nothing doing. Thej are generally the 
"good things" for "poor makers." 

Jewelers Building, Posl Street, near Kearny, San Francisco 

January 23, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

W. A. Gates. Secretary of the Board of Charities and 

Correction, is out with a statement that because children are not 
sent to school crime is rampant. Now it may be that this im- 
portation from Ear-away Wisconsin to guide us in the matter of 
charity, knows whereof he speaks. At any rate, he holds con- 
MTsation by the card. It has become a fetich with certain of the 
Uplift Cult or cults that placing a primer in the hands of every 
budding intellect will reduce the attendance at San Quentin. 
This is absurd. The census of that institution would lead one 
to the belief that learning was a mere matter of smoothing the 
path to crime. Only a fraction of the total population of that 
over-populated House of Society's Vengeance is unable to read 
and write. Fully sixty-three per cent is cultured — so far as book 
culture goes. And twelve per cent is what one might call edu- 
cated — again in the bookish sense. These averages are maintained 
in most States aside from two in the Middle West, and of course 
a majority of the Southern States on account of the large crimi- 
nal element among the negroes. It is n<rt ray intention to throw 
cold water on the little red primer, as such. Like the Bible, it is 
a help in some cases. One dealing with penology, however, as 
Ibis man Gates does — and it is curious how he becomes promi- 
nent every two years just about the time the legislature is in 
session and appropriations needed — must needs search for the 
true cause of crime. II' you backed him into a corner and baited 
him from hell to breakfast, you could not get him to say that 
the Crimes factory in Emeryville had anything to do with the 
extra work imposed on our prison guard. The apple of Gates's 
eve is appropriation, and that original under-study for a legisla- 
tive hug. Senator Frank Leavitt, Bits on the appropriation aspira- 
tions of those who come out in the open againsi the real cause 

of crime — the race-track. Gates won'i come out. Jlc dodges by 
laying the burden on a scarcity of red primers. 

The spectacle of a man. innocenl of having been within 

two thousand miles of the scene of a certain crime having to 
spend his money, his lime, his energj and his reputation to pr< 
his hands were unstained, is one to give pause in these times of 
rapidity of though! and action. Any man, no matter who he is, 
may he accused of a crime ami put i" every inconvenience and 
loss to prove thai the bcbt on the hark of ins hand came from 
Irving to hang a picture for his wife within the hour of his ar- 
rest. Oner accused, a hosl of sure-thing witnesses is ah 
ready to help weave the web around him. The district attorney, 
departing from his legal restrictions, which hedge him in theo- 
retically to the extent of being fair, is anxious only i" secure a 
conviction. His success as a prosecuting jed by the 

additions he has made to the isus. The police arc al- 

ways willing to err on the Bide of loan. ling a fellow-citizen — un- 
less the said citizen has a "pull." And the newspapers do the 
rest. Where their is a reward offered for the arrest ami convic- 
tion of a criminal, suspects arc placed in jeopardy in exact ratio 
to the amount to be paid. The rase of I.. 'I'. Hatfield, brought 
to San Jo far awa\ Texas for having killed the Colonel 

KIcQltncey family, illumines the text. Haiti. 'hi. despite the 
statement to the contrary made by the Sheriff of Santa Clara 
County and i - Dunham, 

the alleged murderer. He was chained up like a wild beast by 
Hie Texas officials, and inhumanly treated by theni. Even now 
that he has proved his right to the name of Hatfield, wise 
wag their heads ami wonder if — and the Texas officials think 
that Hatfield was turned loose because California did not want to 
pa\ the reward. Meantime, Hatfield has no redress - 

inuendoes. lie was brought over two thousand miles in irons, 
and he has no redress there. He was hinted loose on the com- 
munity drained of sed, and he has no i 


Thcv o tind 

out how mar lent will send 

fon- it adjourns. 

The salary-loan and pawn-broking businesses of this city, 

a- manipulated by the sharks in control of them, should be 
forced without further delay to feel the effect of State regulation. 
Already movements toward the accomplishment of this end are 
on foot in other parts of the country, and Sau Pranciseo, an 
especial harvest for these usurers, should come to the fore at once 
and put its foot down on the practices of these fellows who prey 
like buzzards upon the poor man's weekly income. The salary- 
loan business has grown to enormous proportions locally, and 
these concerns flourish like the proverbial bay tree. Thousands 
of men and women working for wages are in debt to these usurers 
— and many of them are practically in their power. The rate 
of interest charged by these sharks ranges from 50 to 400 per 
cent per annum, and many cases of actual suffering are the result 
of the merciless plundering of the salary-loan shark. Pitiful, as 
an example in point, is the ease of a telegrapher here who is the 
father of eight children. With an income of but $18 a week, it 
is necessary, whenever there comes a demand for unusual expen- 
diture, to resort to the loan-sharks. He cannot save anything 
from his salary to repay these loans. So he borrows from Peter 
to pay Paul, and every new loan involves him more hopelessly 
in debt. His furniture is mortgaged, and a default of payment 
means the loss of his chattels and employment. It is necessary 
for him to do extra work. As his financial burdens increase so 
do his hours of labor. Eor months now he has been working 
sixteen and eighteen hours a day. But his family does not profit 
by his efforts — half of his earnings go to the loan-sharks as in- 
terest. The principal of his indebtedness will probably never 
be wiped away. He is lost forever and sold for life. 

This case is not exaggerated, and is only one of many. The 
remedy for the loan-shark business lies unquestionably in the 
publicity of all its dealings, and an adequate and honest com- 
petition to underbid it. Already many movements are on foot in 
the East to accomplish this end. The Provident Loan Society 
of New York started with the sum of $100,000, which it lends at 
the rate of one per cent per month, and then cuts that rate in 
half for prompt payment. Last year it made 286,000 loans. 
Then there are lie St Bartholomew's Loan Bureau of New 
York, The Collateral Loan Company ami Workinginan's Loan 
Association of Boston, and similar organizations in other cities. 
Their object is to help the poor over slippery places, and they 
likewise teach the lessons of thrift ami economy. 

Anoth lent system is that in practice in a Ww 

department store, win- es with- 

out interest, ihe sum being deducted from (he employee 
envelope in ten week] ions. Here is an idea for local 

merchants which will do much I orated, and 

other ways besid Ion the point, is, that the 

present loan-shark should be pul out of business as quickly as 
possible, and In- ml to. It is an 

important matter to employee and employer alike. 

' / 


Closing Out Sale of Ladies, 
Misses, and Children's 
Wearing Apparel at tre- 
mendous reductions. 


San Francisco News Letter 

Jahdaet 23, 1909. 


An infant volcano lias begun its "millings and pukings in 
Virginia. Fran now on, every warm spring thai begins to 

spout will be the harbinger of subterrai lis bellyache. It is 

simply water tbat has been heated by internal fires, and qi i 

can account for internal fires save on the hypothesis of the origi- 
nal fires kept at their temperature by the protection of the 
earth's crust, or heat generated by pressure. If the lasl argu- 
ment is good, the earth is losing no heat, for the cause of its heat 
is ever present. But the geologist, like the sailor, "goes around 
the world without going into it." We know nothing relatively 
of the earth's interior. All of our knowledge is superficial, so to 
speak. Geology is a new science, and practically began with Sir 
Charles Lyell. Paleontology was unknown a few years ago, and 

subsidence, upheaval and stratification was noi undersl I. 

'•Scientists" called prehistoric remains "freaks of nature" — said 
they were created on the spot. 

* * * 

Our new Park panhandle is going to be a daisy, and the work 
is progressing. I know of no happier move made in San Fran- 
cisco than this. Golden Gate Park, in my judgment, is the great- 
est and most beautiful on earth. Nature lias been humored 
rather than interfered with. I have been in several parks, both 
here and in Europe, and while Prospect Park, Brooklyn, perhaps 
comes nearer to ours, yet ours is Erst, and the others practically 
nowhere. In the first place, we have the climate. The Eastern 
parks arc parks for a few months: ours a perennial paradise. 
Mohammed looking at Damascus from a distance, broke forth: 
"Sweet as thine own orange flowers, Damascus, pearl of the 
East." But he hadn't seen San Francisco, the Santa Clara 
Valley, our Bay girdled with little cities, each a pearl in the 
crown of their queen. Now, as we have a guarantee for sale in- 
vestments, what has the coming year in store for us? Was there 
ever a more glorious outlook? I think not. 

* * * 

I am no insanity expert. But I can see nothing but namby- 
pamby idiots in Nell Brinkley's creations. I never read the lex 1 
for fear it is on a par with the illustrations'. Then the Gibson 
girl ! What is more inane than she? She always has her mouth 
open, which adds to her utterly milk ami water tout ensemble. 
Yet she is worshiped by most of us as a marvelous creation. 
Speaking of art, is it not possible to deceive the best critic in the 
matter of old masters? I know nothing of such things. But 
recently some of our countrymen have been badly bitten. But 
as Shakespeare says: "He that is robbed, not wanting what is 
stolen, let him not know it, and he is not robbed at all." All 
of which goes to prove that the admiration for au original p, not- 
ing is simple sentiment. 

The other day a man told me that he was, arrested for speak- 
ing on the street. When taken to jail lie was "sweated" l>\ l he 

police, but refused to give his name. Then a sergeant na d 

Coogan began to beat him. He further says the "third degree" 
means putting a lighted lamp under the victim's feet, 30 he lias 
heard. The man's name is Hawes, and lives on Golden Gate near 
Fillmore. He has sued Coogan. Can these things be! Whal 
protection has one whom the police wish to abuse? What re- 
course has he? Certainly such crimes should be investigated and 
the perpetrator punished. The man told a straight-forward tale, 
and I have no doubt he spoke the truth. Have we a torture 
chamber in our Hall of Justice? 
. * * * 

The Paxtons are having a merry war. Did you ever notice 
that when the average woman finds faull and leaves her husband 
she invariably drags in a big revolver? r s it possible thai so 
many so-called respectable men really draw pistols 011 (heir 
wives? I can't believe it. I freely acknowledge thai many wo- 
men suffer many indignities we never hear of. But when a wife 

leaves her husband she generally imagines that she has cwrte 
blanche to charge him with anything. Marriage may not be a 
failure, but if any other institution furnished half the proofs it 
would be voted to be something like ill success. However, the 
whirligig of time will, I suppose, furnish the answer. 

Sir Oliver Lodge should "let up" on immortality. Any scien- 
tist who can be duped by an Old woman into the conviction that 
he is hob-nobbing with the spirits of the dead is a poor authority 
on the hereafter. Ho you know that when a great man is bam- 
boozled it is by some diaphanous nonsense that wouldn't Eool 
a child? There is such a thing as being belofl rather than above 
the comprehension. Lodge and Wallace are known as great 
men, and men of science. Yet they have lately sworn to a lot 
of absurdity which has since been exposed. The slate trick can 
be performed over forty different ways. But faith is largely con- 
stitutional. Few of the faithful accepl refutation. When a man 
believes, he "knows." The evidence is at fault, not he. 

* * * 

So many people are asking why appendicitis, unknown to our 
Eathers, is so common with us. Our fathers didn't know what 
was killing them, and called it "inflammation of the bowels." 
So it is with our Christian Science friends, who claim that they 
are curing "cancer of the stomach." when in fact every woman 
whose stomach troubles her calls it "cancer," and every quack 
who cures her calls it "cancer." Of course. Christian Science 
never ciyed such a thing. And Mr. Gale's assertion that he 
knows of such cases is no evidence. The gentleman may he 
mistaken. It is his infallibility against natural law. I am no 
physician, hut I declare no cancer was ever cured without sur- 
gery, and no Brighte' disease with iir without surgery. I am 
speaking of well developed cases. I don't- know what can he 
done if either disease be taken in its incipiency. 

* * * 

The Purple Mother wins again, and this time over John J. 
Fitzpatrick, a former votary of the Theosophical culture, hut 
whose domestic conduct was diametrically opposed to the creed 
he extolled. The "Purple Mother" is Mrs. Katherine Tingley, 
the founder and head of the famous Raja Yoga school at San 
Diego, where Mrs. Fitzpatrick, after her divorce from her hus- 
band, placed one of her daughters through the charily and kind- 
ness of the High Priestess of Tbeosophy. Fitzpatrick demanded 
the right to visit the child whenever the lit seized him, ami this 
Mrs. Tingley refused. The recreant husband (hen had recourse 
to the courts and the case became notorious from the quantity and 
character of the mud Fitzpatrick threw at his former benefac- 
tress and preceptress. He charged that his child was being 
starved, brought up in ignorance, and the Raja Yoga school a 
highly glazed den of iniquity. The evidence goes to show that 
such statements were without foundation, and made in the heal 
of malice. The "Purple Mother" is probably one of the most 

notable women of the age. She stands on the same pit as 

Anna Besant, Helena Blavatsky and William (I. Judge. She 
has her ideas of creed, of dietary and rules of life, and those who 
do not hold to them are nol under stress to do so. She has built 
up a magnificent retreat for herself and votaries at Point Loma, 
and is extending her system of schools all over the world. Yet 
she has been subjected to malicious abuse, villification and mis- 
representation by those who imagine her to be the promoter of 
free love doctrines. Nothing is further from the truth; she is a 
woman far removed from anything of that character, and though 
dissenting from her religious, social and dietary views, one can- 
not other than be impressed with tin' greatness of her achieve- 
ments and her total lack of selfish interest in the promotion id' 

New York / 

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s Clearance Sale, Suits, Coats, 


Waists, at exceptionally low 

prices. ■ 


Van Ness Avenue 

January 23, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

her work. Every dollar she receives is expended in building up 
and establishing her schools, and from a material standpoint she 
has done more to advance the cause of Orientalism than all that 
have ever been connected with the promotion of its philosophy in 
the Occident. She has among her votaries many holding promi- 
nence in the thinking world, who regard her with the highest 
esteem, and her career has undoubtedly been one of the most 
remarkable ever achieved by woman. The testimony in the Filz- 
patrick case ought to at least set at rest the lurid tales of Raja 
Vega that have been conjured by those with riotous imaginations. 

* * * 

There is some inconsistency in the reported desire of the Cali- 
fornia Anglers' Association for legislation forbidding the spear- 
ing of salmon. -At the present time, salmon may be caught in 
the waters of this State by hook and line, net or spear. If net- 
ting is permitted, spearing should be, for a spear kills but one 
fish at a time, while a net catches them wholesale. Our game 
laws forbid the trapping of game birds, even in the open season, 
on the ground that it requires skill, effort and sometimes hard- 
ship to shoot a bird, while a trap takes them wholesale, and with 
ease. On this same ground, spearing of salmon should be per- 
mitted, as now, and netting forbidden, as the successful spearing 
of salmon requires skill, and often a great deal of personal dis- 
comfort, frequently attended by great difficulty and hardship. 
Nets are to fish what traps are to birds. 

If the fish preservers wish to protect salmon, let them stop 
netting, not spearing. The latter makes as little inroads upon 
I he fish as the hook and line. . 

* .* * 

Even its most optimistic advocates do not claim for union labor 
more than 3,000,000 members. Even admitting thai these 
3,000,000 represent 9,000.000. including all dependents and ad- 
herents, the absurdity of the braggadocio of Qompers and other 
loud-mouthed labor Czars is evident. They want to run the 
whole country, but where do the other 75,000,000 inhabitants 
come in? The fact is, that probably nut over in per ceni of 
American citizens are union labor men. or their families. 

Still another rap at the Pacific Coast has been given by the 
Federal authorities in Washington, fur years, Captain Thomas 
A. Neniev ami Captain George W. Bauer strove diligently to 
secure a modern war vessel for use of the California Naval 
lyililia as a drill-ship, to supplant the obsolete wooden corvette 
Marion. They finally got (he almost equally antiquated Alert, 
Iniill in is; I, although several modern steel gunboats were laid 
up "in ordinary" at Marc Island navy-yard ami available for 
the purpose named. Mo. said the navy department, California 
must take an old tub. Well, what has 1 1 u ■ navy department done 

hut issue orders lor one id' these vessels, the Petrel, at 'Mare 

Island, lo lie lifted up, placed in commission ami sent all the 

way to the Atlantic Coast for the use of an Eastern naval militia 


• * • 

By all means let the Board of Supervisors abolish the dog rav- 
ing, commonly known as coursing. It is second only to lei 
racing as a breeding place of iniquity. Ii i- a wonder that some 

of its Iced devotees do not i ry in its defense that "it 

improves the breed of dogs.' 1 Laughable a- such a plea maj 
if is no mure absurd than the claim that the rave track gambling 
improves the quality ol horses, If there wee; nut a race-track 
in the world, or a pool ticket ever Bold, the genuine lovers of 
horseflesh would still continue to improve the br sibly 

in more directions than at present. 

• * * 

Any one might think thai the military outfitters must have a 
powerful pull with certain desk-wannine, officers in the navy 

Department, judging rum the frequency with which the uni- 
forms are changed. Scarcely is one set of uniform regulations 
compiled and issued when another is devised. These chanj 

he time. The lasl change lias juel been made, and it- 
onlv redeeming feature is lea officers may wear out their old 
style uniforms befo compelled to wear the new. This 

provision has nui always been included in the rapidly succeed 
8 nuns. 


Don't simply 
"get a cake of soap." 
Get good soap. Ask 
for Pears' and you 
have pure soap. 
Then bathing will 
mean more than 
mere cleanliness; it 
will be luxury at 
trifling cost. 

Sales increasing since 1789. 

Yosemite Valley 

Open All Year 


Why not see Yosemite this Winter?— It is a magnificent sight. 
First class hotel service at the Park Line and in the Valley. 
People returning pronounce it beyond description. For further 
particulars see agent Southern Pacific or Santa Fe or address 

O. W. LEHMER, Traffic Manager Y. V. R. R., Merced, Cal. 


It is about timi 
as the ill-. 1. nt use, kept always set up. 

Hardly .1 day passes without need fur them. In fai 

Frequency of such announcements that tends to harden 
the public. When. uh. when, «i'l our legislators act? What 
form of influence is exerted upon them I 

The new Japanese rooms (Marsh's), with rare, high Jap- 
anese art exhibit, are now open in the Fairmont Hotel. 

Total importation of Scotch Whiskey in New Yorl 

big the summer of 1908: Black and Whi; 

8518; King William. 1373; Haig a Baig, 800; Robertson San- 

derson A Son (Mountain Pew). 100 cas 






None Bottled in America 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 23, 1909. 

Wi& yissQ^^lo^iMsm 

Persia the 
Storm Center. 

For the moment, Persia is in the 
public eye of Europe. Again (he 
Shah has announced that under no 
circumstances flail he permit the 
National Assembly to convene nor in any way submit to the 
operation of the Constitution which he himself suggested and 
approved less than a year ago. He also intimates that lie will 
tolerate no more petitions or addresses from the public advocat- 
ing a change in the form of Government. This is taken to mean 
that punishment will speedily follow violations of the edict, and 
the public is preparing to meet tin- issue. Representatives of 
foreign nations at the Shah's court report that a bloody revolu- 
tion is inevitable, and that the people are mure united than ever 
before on the question changing the form of Government from 
that of absolutism to a constitutional monarchy. The Shah is 
in distress for money, and he is unable to floaf a loan at home or 
abroad, and to make the situation more desperate for himself. 
on two or three occasions lately the Shah has permitted soldiers 
to loot the stores and residences of subjects whose loyally he 
doubts. His excuse is. that the war office is in arrears to the 
army for wages, and that satisfying the payroll in that way is 
merely forcing contributions Erom subjects who are opposed in 
his policies. The civil list is also in arrears, but be refuse- In 
reduce Ms own expenses. In fact, he acts like a madman, and 
his subjects are preparing for (he worst. But the more conser- 
vative element, although in full sympathy with the revolution- 
ary spirit, is holding back for more light on Russia's purpose in 
the premises. There is a suspicion Hint the Czar is urging the 
Shah to deal severely with his subjects and force a revolution, 
so that Russia may have an excuse for occupying the country in 
the interest of peace, but in reality for permanent occupation. 
It is known that Great Britain is suspicious of Russia, and is 
fully prepared for any emergency, necessarily so, for Russian 
occupation of Persia would be a menace in British India. 

Although it is given out in a diplo- 
ic ttte Neak East. matic war thai the acceptance of 

$10,000,000 by Turkey for acquies- 
cing in the absorption of Bosnia and Herzegovina by Austria re- 
moves the danger of a Balkan war. it is also the opinion in dip- 
lomatic circles outside of Vienna that the situation is more 
eritieal than ever. Since the alleged pacification of Turkey, the 
Balkan States have placed rush orders in Germany for muni! inns 
of war at a cost of $5,000,000, and Turkey has placed similar 
orders for the same kind of goods ami wares in cos! $5,000,000, 
and some are wondering if the Austrian payment of $10,000,000 
to Turkey to "accept the situation" is not already going into 
war materia] to resisl Austria's designs upon the Balkan States. 
Certain it is that the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina make it 
very clear that they will not agree to the Austria-Turkey com- 
pact, and it is equally true that Servia and Montenegro asserl 
that the "deal" is a menace to their independence, and thai will 
not tolerate an Austrian army of occupation in Bosnia and Her- 
zegovina. But all the same, an army of 100,000 Austrian I r is 

is already there. There is still another recently introduced fac- 
tor that diplomatists are watching. Public sentiment is growing 
rapidly in both Austria and Hungary against the conquesl of 
Bosnia and Herzegovina for several reasons. It will require hi 
army of at least 50,000 to hold the States against rebellions 
and revolutions, the expense of which the people are vigorously 
protesting against, to say nothing of the certainty that tie two 
new States will always be a menace to peace on the Balkan border 
and be likely to involve the nation in war at any time ; and again 
it is not believed that Turkey is sincere in her agreement to with- 
draw her claims in the two "absorbed" States, but it is a trick 

to beat Austria out of $10,000,000. which money is alread - 

ing into war munitions to strengthen Turkey's military t ,1,- 
hshment. Meanwhile, the war spirit in all the Balkan St; 
spreading, and it has reached the white heal stage in Servia 
Bosnia, Herzegovina and Montenegro, and who but Turf. ';■ 
the good or evil genius behind it all . 


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All Germany is criticising the Kai- 
Ob Minor INTEREST. ser for bis extravagant habits, lie 

cannot live on $5,000,000 a year, 
and bis subjects demand the cutting down of bis expense ac- 
count. — The Britishers are excited over a semi-official report 
thai the German navj i- likely - in he superior to the Eng- 
lish in sea power. — All Europe is trying to get a clue to Russia's 
purpose in tlie' Near East. — China is determined to continue the 
boycott against Germany. — If it be true, as reported, (bat Prince 
\ icholas, ruler of Montenegro, has abdicated in favor of bis son, 
"Fighting" Prince Mirko, it means thai the Balkan dove of 
peace has taken wing for other parts. Mirko bates Austria. — 
England is going to reforesi 19,000,000 acre- of land at home 
and in Ireland. — Japan announces that no alien nee. I apply for 
a land title in that country. .Japan land- are for Japanese. — 
The Turkish Parliament is voting plenty of money for prepared- 
ness for an Austrian-Balkan war. should then, be one. — Servians 
are full <i( "war talk:" so are the 1 people of Bosnia and Herze- 
govina. — Japan is discussing the propriety of having her war- 
ships return the \i-it of our battleship lleet. — Tin., new Czar of 
Bulgaria and Turkey are getting suspiciously friendly. 

W. F. McDowell, a waterfront labor agent, who is familiar 

with the industrial outlook, slates that there will be a shortage 
of men in a few weeks. Orders are already placed for large num- 
bers nf men. A- examples mil] stanced the immense planl 

of the Pacific Portland Oemeni Co., in Solano County, and the 
factories of Henry Cowell & Co., in Contra Costa County, both 

of which will start ii|i ibis month with full forces. At the |>rcs- 

eut lime, a Imrde of vagrants infesl the streets, though, thanks 
in lie' policy of our new Chid nf Police, they am diminishing in 
numbers. It is safe In state' that the destitution of these men 
may he traced almost in info to tbcii own actions. The square- 
shouldered giant who Blouches up In the homeward-bound city 
toiler ami requests a dime wherewith in procure a nip of coffee, 
is indeed a pitiful sight, ami yel in- potential wage earning 
capacity, during the past few yea'-, has largely exceeded thai of 
lie average citj clerk. In a short lime this type of man will he 
again in ureal demand,, but i! is safe In hazard the guess thai next 
winter he will again lie with us. 

A bargain: Automatic addressing machine, cost .$350; Rem- 
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P>v Babnett Franklin. 
Sothern Makes a Most Impressive Figure of Shakespeare's 
Melancholy Dane. 

Certainly my memories of the B. II. Sotheria of other days, the 
Sothern of the Justin llunlly McCarthy drammers, were not of 
a nature to lead me to expect the altogether remarkable perform- 
ance of "Hamlet" that I witnessed last Monday night a! the 
Van tfess Theatre. The Sothern I remembered was an intel- 
lectual elocutionist who bad stagily personated the stagily 
romantic heros that cavort through Mr. McCarthy's exceedingly 
stagey dramatic entertainments. Bu! hearing the E. H. Sothern 
of today read a bare half-dozen lines of Shakespeare w3s sulli- 
i- ii'ii 1 to cause me to revise the impressions recorded in my mental 
card-index. For in a role that lends itself most prodigally to an 
interpretation ample of staginess, artificiality, and mere elo- 
cution, Mr. Sothern was essentially unstagey, unartilieial, and 

Perhaps the mosi notable thing in Jj*s portrayal of the Melan- 
choly Dane is the strong human note with which he invests it, 
and which tends to convince yon that the Hamlet behind the 
footlights is a real, live being. II is a Hamlet far removed from 
the strutting, mugging, ranting imbecile, barren of the red cor- 
puscle, thai mosi actors of the part have given us. The unhappy 
sun of Denmark, as Mr. Sothern lives him, is the tender, grave 
philosopher thai we are acquainted with through the medium of 
the muchly-thumbed "Shakespeare" that lies on the gouty center 
table at home; a Hamlet that grasps mosi admirably the sense 
ami spiril of the Bard of Avon. 


- Murray, who itill 

Blanche Stoddard, the popular leading unman uf the Va 
Stock Company. 

Fundamentally, an audience must perforce feel Sothern's men- 
ial grai haracter. The moments are rare indeed in his 

performance when one finds an absence of complete sympathy on 
the pari of the actor for bis role. His dignity never becomes 
pomposity; his pathos never descends to bathos, lie is n 

D his seriousness, reverent in his filial regard, and CO 
eing in his simulated insanity. And he can be melancholy with- 
out being weepy. For Mr. Sothern - 

OUT hours that be lives the Prince of Denmark that be is 
thoroughly aware of the full value on. His 

jrace is restraint. 

Surely this Hamlet, placed beside the other stage Hamlets we 
have known of late yean, is an astounding revelation. It is in 
nowise a perfect personation, of course, bat it is bo far 
what others bare given us that it is only through the, establish- 
dmgly high standard -m that the flaws 

in the characterization And then 

with minor mannerisms that we are concerned. 13 ■ walk, 

for instance. mes annovinely stilted: he ha= a habit of 

running his bauds through his hair o'ermuch : and one of his 

i which the fingers art made to radiate with 
velocity, is used too frequently. 

But these are minor mannerisms, as I said, and are men 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 23, 1909. 

but because of the astonishing power of the characterization as 
a whole. His Hamlet is the most human, sympathetic, and un- 
questionably the most impressive, I have ever seen. 

Happily,' the production taken in the altogether was worthy 
of the "star." It is rare indeed that Shakespearean interpreters 
come to us with competent supporting actors, and it is a keen 
pleasure to say that the note of impressiveness established by 
Sothern himself was never outraged by one of his company. The 
Ophelia was Virginia Hammond, a fair and decidedly pretty 
young woman of much talent, who brought grace, tenderness, 
and a girlish pathos to her role; and Gladys Hanson was an ad- 
mirable queen, who handled her portion of the closet scene with 
rare discretion and an excellent emotional sense. Rowland Buck- 
stone must not be forgotten, for his grave-digger was an exceed- 
ingly fine piece of work. The settings and costumes, too, were 
just what they should be. 

It was after midnight when the audience was dismissed last 
Monday night, yet it remained without a sign of restlessness to 
the final curtain-drop. And the ladies, bless 'cm, forebore don- 
ning their millinery until the very end of the performance. 
Which is as eloquent a tribute as I know to the impressiveness. 
intenseness. and greatness of Mr. Sothern's Melancholy Dane. 

B. F. 

Florence Boberts at the American. 

That Miss Boberts is rapidly developing into an artist of the 
first magnitude. is evidenced by her work in "The House of 
Bondage," which she is presenting this week at the American 
Theatre. The weepy methods of other days have been laid upon 
the shelf, and she secures the sympathy of her audience by genu- 
ine methods barren of artificiality and tearfulness. The art of the 
Florence Boberts of to-day is a mellowed, matured art. 

It is unfortunate that Miss Boberts's vehicle of this season is 
not worthy of her, although the average audience appears to take 
to it kindly. The theme of Seymour Obermer's "affinity" drama 
is excellent, and he has evolved many striking situations, but in 
the main the development of the plot is poorly handled. The 
first and last acts are the best ones, although the final solution of 
the problem does not radiate anything of convincement. 

Miss Boberts's support is efficient generally, the women alone 
being poor. Thurlow Bergen, the leading man, was excellent, 
and Arthur Forrest did good work. The production in other 
details was of a high order. 

* * * 

"Sherlock Holmes" at the Valencia. 

William Gillette's admirable dramatization of Sir Conan 
Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" stories has been affording excellent 
entertainment at the Valencia Theatre this week. Despite the 
abundant imitations and travesties of that unique thinking- 
machine, the Doyle detective continues to hold our interest, and 
to-day he is quite as impressive a creation, and his ingenious 
methods of solving detective problems are fully as absorbing, as 
when Conan Doyle first gave him to us between book-covers. 

The Valencia production is a surprisingly fine one, and stands 
more than merelv favorable comparison with the high-priced 
presentations of the play that we have had before. Robert War- 
wick does very well with the title role, although the Sherlock 
Doyle intended was far from being so magnificent of figure or 
robust of voice. Blanche Stoddard made much of Alice Faulk- 
ner, and was ever in the spirit of the part. The Moriarity of 
Darrell Standing was a good piece of character work, and Helen 
Lackaye, Thomas MacLarnie, and Charles Dow Clark won well 
cast. Peggy Monroe proved a riotous success as Sherlock's 
youthful assistant. 

Scenically and mechanically, a fine completeness was observed, 
and altogether the Valencia's "Sherlock Holmes" was the finest 
sort of an antidote to the "Prince Hagen" of yesterweek. 

* * * 

The Orpheum. 

Julia Heme, daughter of James H. Heine, with a very charm- 
ing little playlet, is the main feature of the Orpheum bill this 
week. The sketch has an artistic little theme laid in the Ten- 
nessee mountains, and it affords Miss Heme excellent opportuni- 
ties for dramatic work that are well grasped indeed. 

"For Sale— Wiggin's Farm" is quite a laughable farce which 
is well presented by the Chadwiek Trio. Miss Ida May, as Tilly 
Wiggins, indulges in a series of weird facial expression; that are 
genuinely astounding. The Josselin Trio have their graci ful 
aerial act that they did here once before, and Bert Howard and 

Effie Lawrence also repeat, their lively sketch, "The Stage Mana- 
ger." Jewel's Mannikins are the best of their kind, but there 
is too much of them. The moving pictures, which were below 

average, and the holdovers, rounded out the bill. 

* * * 


Mr. Sothern's performances this week at the Van Ness Thea- 
tre proved distinct triumphs for the actor, and he enters upon 
the second and final week of his engagement Monday night. 
Sothern's engagement has proven a profound success. Not only 
has his repertoire of plays proven the most popular and suc- 
cessful of any in which he has been seen here, but his powers of 
demonstration show great maturity. 

For his next and final week's engagement, commencing Mon- 
day night, Mr. Sothern has selected the following repertoire : 
Monday and Tuesday nights, "Lord Dundreary;" Wednesday 
night, "Hamlet;" Thursday night, "Richard Lovelace;" and 
Friday and Saturday matinee and night, for the first time on 
any stage, "Richelieu." Mr. Sothern's performance of Riche- 
lieu will be of unusual interest as San Francisco will see the 
actor's first appearance in the Bulwcr Lytton play. 

Mr. Sothern's "Hamlet" is reviewed in another column. 
» * » 

Kolb and Dill will conclude their fourth ami last week of 
"The Politicians" Sunday night at the Princess Theatre, and 
next Monday night they will appear in another comic story with 
music, called "Bankers and Brokers." The book is by Aaron 
Hoffman and the music by J. A. Baynes, who wrote the other 
Kolb and Dill plays. "Bankers and Brokers" deals with Pluckus 
and Pickus (Kolb and Dill), two German merchants, who visit 
a fake brokerage office which is absolutely bankrupt, and under 
the persuasion of the managing partner. B. Dunne Ooode, pur- 
chase an interest in the enterprise. The complications thai 
arise from their management of the business and the continual 
influx of old. unpaid bills and creditors afford much amusement. 

The play contains a number of new and catchy lyrics, and 
great pains have been taken to insure an elaborate and perfect 
production. In a'ddition to Kolb and Dill, Percy V. Bronson, 
George A. Wright, Carlton Chase, Adcle Rafter, Wlta Vesta and 

others will appear. 

* * * 

Although William Gillette's thrilling dramatization of "Sher- 
lock Holmes" has made such a hit at the Valencia Theatre that 
it could easily run for another week, the final performances will 
' lie given Sunday afternoon and evening, and on Monday nigh l 
Paul Kester's famous historical romantic play, "When Knight- 
hood Was in Flower," dramatized from (lie novel of the same 
name by Charles No'rris, will be given a sumptuous production. 

The story centers around the love of Mary Tudor, Princess 
of England, and sister of King Henry VIII, for Charles Bran- 
don, a captain of the guards. Through the machinations of the 
King and Cardinal Wolsey she is betrothed to Louis of France. 
She elopes with Brandon, but the pair are overtaken by the King, 
who sentences the captain of the guard to the block. Mary 
promises to marry Louis, however, and Brandon is released. The 
Princess goes to Paris and keeps her word, marrying Louis, who 
shortly afterwards most obligingly dies. Francis IVAngouleme. 
the Dauphin of France, makes violent love to Mary and wants 
her for his own, but Brandon arrives at the critical moment 
and weds the woman of his heart, 

The four acts of the play are crowded with stirring events, 
and the interest is never allowed to flag for a moment. Boherl 
Warwick will be Charles Brandon, and Blanche Stoddard, Mary 

"A Contented Woman,". Charles Hoyt's great satire on 
woman's suffrage, will follow "When Knighthood Was in 

Flower" at the Valencia. 

* * * 

That gem of clever acting and artistic staging. "Sweet Kitty 
Bellairs." will be started on its third consecutive week at the 
Alcazar next Monday evening, and the unabated public eagerness 
to witness it makes the management decline to predict just when 
its :un will end. 

While the work of Evelyn Vaughan in the title part is more 
largely responsible than anything else for the play's retention on 
the stage a third week, the work of the oilier acting principals, 
the luxurious enstumery and the scenic effects and the clever 
situations of the play itself must be taken into consideration as 
important factors in the whole attractiveness. 

"The Crisis," one of James K. Hackett's most notable sue- 

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cesses, is announced to follow "Sweet Kitty Bellairs" at the 

Slitter Street playhouse. 

* * * 

Harrison Hunter, remembered Eor liis excellent work with 
Catherine Grey, will make his lirsl vaudeville appearance in this 
city on Sunday afternoon at the Orpheum, He will appeal in 
a tragic comedy entitled "The Van Dyck," which is an adapta- 
tion by Cosmo Gordon Lennox from the French original of 
Eugene Pournier Perinque, and has proved a groat success. 'The 
Harvey Family, said to be the greatest wire artists in the world, 
will be another novel feature of the programme. The Sisters 
Murray, Marion and Vietoria. are American girls who sing 
American songs. Until this season they were conspicuous in the 
support of Fritzi Scheff in "Mile. Modiste," and were very 
popular. Next week will be the last of the Chadwick Trio, How- 
ard and Lawrence, Jewell's Manikins, the Josselyn Trio, and 
Julie If erne and her company in "A Mountain Cinderella." A 
series of Orpheum Motion Pictures will be shown. 

Florence Roberts and her strong supporting company will 
give their last performance of "The House of Bondage" at the 
American Theatre this Saturday afternoon and evening, and at 
I he Sunday matinee Thomas Jefferson, a worthy son of a worthy 
sire, will begin an engagement limited to one week in the. great 
American classic. "T!ip Van Winkle." There is nothing that, 
lias appealed so steadily and so strongly to the theatre-going 
public as has this storv of the drunken vagabond of the Catskills. 
In tragedy, genteel comedy, farce, burlesque or comic opera, 
there has been no production that could ever vie with the wonder- 
ful career which "Rip Van Winkle" has enjoyed. It is a role 
lo which no actor, unless he be a Jefferson, can apparently give 
full justice, for this family has lived and breathed the very at- 
mosphere of the character all their lives. 

Mr. Jefferson's production is said lo he most complete, noth- 
ing heing left undone from a scenic or costume standpoint to 
please (he eye, ami his supporting company is capable. 

Corjnne, in "Lola from Berlin," the latest musical comedy, 
will follow Mr. Jefferson's engagement at the American. 

Bessie Louist Dichman, who will sing nl the Fab 
concert. Photo by Vaughan £ Keith. 

The seventy-eighth anniversary of Madame Fabbri-Mueller, 
the well-known artist, will he made the m erl ten- 

dered her by her many old friends ami admirers, h will take 

place en ihe evening of January 86th, at Golden Gate Hall, on 
Suiier street near Steiner. Miss Bessie Louis in, the 

gifted young contralto, has kindly offered he- or the 

on, and wi sted bj M 3S Pearl Tuttle as accom- 

panist. Some of Mme. Fahhri's pupils will also contribute to 

'gramme, and a one-acl play in German will cloa 
promises to be a most enjoyable affair. Following is a list of the 
patronesses of tin' affair: Mrs. Bleat ■ Martin, Mrs. S. M. 
Bnrk, Mrs. I.. Wegener, Mi-. 1.. Leilean, Mrs. Laura Bridi 
5 , Mrs. John M Mrs. \V. C. Bildebrandt, Mrs. N. 

Biho. Mrs. 1'. D. Thadsmuller, Mrs. IT. Meyer, Mrs. F. B. 
, Mrs. S i - -. Mrs. E. Bonheim. Mrs. K. F.ikel-Frank. 


The directors of the Fireman's Fund insurance Company held 

i lie annual meeting of the c pany or last Monday, and declared 

a dividend of five per cent, payable on January 30th, to all 
stockholders of record on January 80th. The statement shows 
thai $403,000 has been added to the net surplus, besides paying 

$160,000 in dividends during the past year. The dividends 
have all been furnished from the investment account of the eon 
pany, leaving all its insurance profits to be added to the sur- 
plus. The following officers were elected at the meeting of the 
directors held the past week: President, William J. Ihilton; 
vice-president, Bernard Faymonville ; second vice-president and 
marine secretary, J. B. Levison; secretary, Louis UVimnann; 
assistant secretary, Herbert P. Blanchard; treasurer, Thomas 
M. Gardiner. 

A subscriber with social ambitions asks the Query Editor 

of the Call whether "at dinner, should one cut meat served hy 
the host, a piece at; a time, or cut the whole into small pieces at 
one time?" The thirst for knowledge is evidently growing, and 
the Query Editor, after due cogitation, announces that, it is hel- 
ler "to cut one piece at a time." The editor gladly gives this 
additional information. If the subscriber is in a torment lest 
he be unable to secure a second portion, it is advisable to "cut 
the whole into small pieces at one time," as valuable moments 
are wasted while considering which piece to cut first. 

GO — Of course you'll go to the 

Valencia Theatre 

Valencia Street, between 13th and 14th 
Telephone. Market 17 

The only steam heated theatre hi the city. 

Sunday afternoon and evening, last times of SHERLOCK HOLMES. 
Commencing Monday evening, January 25. Magnificent production of 

Paul Kester's famous historical romantic play. Presented by the Valencia 
Stock Company, including Robert Warwick and Blanche Stoddard as Mary 

Regular Matinees. Wednesday and Sunday; Prices: 25 and 50c; Evenings, 25c 
to 75c; Box Seats $1.00. 
' MunJay, Feb. 1 — "A Contented Woman." 


Absolutely Class A Theatre Building. 

Beginning this Sunday afternoon. Matinee every day. 

THE VAN DYCK, a tragic comedy by Cosmo Gordon Lennox with Mr. Harri- 
son Hunter; The Harvey Family, Europe's Most Famous Aerialists; The Murray 
Sisters, American Girls with American Songs; The Chadwick Trin, Bert How- 
ard and Eflie Lawrence; Jewell's Manikins; Josselin Trio; New Orpheum Mo- 
tlon Pictures. Last week great success, Julie Heme & Co., in "'A Mountain 

Evening prices — 10c. 25c. 50c. 75c. Box Seats — $1. Matinee 

prices (excppt Sundays and holidays), 10c, 25c, 50c 

Phone West 6000. 

American Theatre 

Market St. near Seventh. Phone Market 381 
The playhouse of comfort and safety 

One week commencing Sundav matinee, January 24th. 

in the great American classic 

That delightful character which Irving created and the Jefferson* have made 

Prices. Evenings »«, 90c, 75c, $1.00. No higher. Matinees 25c. 50c and 75c. 
Next— Corinne in "Lola From Berlin." 

Van Ness Theatre 


Phone Market 500 
Beginning Monday. January 2$. Second and last week 

Monday and Tuesday nights. LORD DUNDREARY. 
Wednesday night. HAMLET. 
Thursday night. RICHARD LOVELACE. 

Frija\ night and Saturday matinee and night, tirst time ..n any stage. Mr. 
Sothern as Richelieu. 
Next attraction THE WOLF. - a new play hy the author ol "PAID IN FULL 

New Alcazar Theatre 

Corner Sutter and Steiner Streets 
Phone West 6036 

Belasco & Mayer. Owners and Managers. Absolutely Class A Bldg 
Monday night, January ■slh, starts the third and last week of David 
Belasco's comedy of the heart 

Adapted from Egerton Castle's famous story. "The Bath Comedy." 

Matinees Saturday and Sunday, 25c to 50c Evenings. 
25c. to $1.00. 

A Theatre 

Sundays and Holidays I 
50c., 75c 

Matinee Saturday and Sunday. Last t»d nights Kolb and Dill in THE 
POLITICIANS. Beginning next Mondas night 

In still another story with music 






San Francisco News Letter 

January 23, 1909. 


By Our New York Correspondent. 


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the regular first balcony in most theatres. All the chairs in or- 
chestra and balconies are the same size and construction, insur- 
ing comfort everywhere. 

The estimated cost of the theatre and land it occupies is placed 
at $750,000. The front is entirely of Dorset marble, the facade 
being suggested by the La Petit Trianon at Versailles, with four 
Corinthian columns and a balustrade running along the entire 
top of the front. 

\d advertising matter of any kind will be permitted on the 
exterior of the house. The walls, ceiling and floor of the lobby 
are made of large slabs of Italian marble — the only decorations 
being a portrait of Miss Elliott and a large fern in a niche by 
the box office. The interior decoration is old ivory, old gold and 
mouse color. The walls of the auditorium are panneled in gold 
silk damask, while the dome and ceiling are of plaster in rose 
garlands colored in old ivory. 

The decorative scheme is all in keeping with the period of 
Louis VI, the pattern being copied from one of the old French 
palaces. There are no columns to obstruct the view from any 
part of the theatre, the columns which support the balcony being 
placed behind the last row of orchestra scuts. 

The most striking visible part of the auditorium as one enters 
is the proscenium arch, supported on each side by two columns 
of golden-grained Skyros marble, while the stationary draper 
and the curtain are of silk velvet, mouse brown in color. 

The accommodations for the actors would make the "barn- 
stormers" green with envy. Each dressing room is carpeted 
and has chintz hangings, and each room is furnished with a 
pier mirror and a comfortable arm chair. Miss Elliott's suite 
has a reception room and private bath room. Altogether, New 
York is quite proud of this new addition to its long list of play- 

Blanche Bate.: continues on her prosperous career at thf 
Belaseo-Sluyvesant Theatre in the "Fighting Hope," which will 
soon reach its 150th performance. Q. v. a. 

The Citizens' Alliance, 920 Merchants' Exchange, calls 

the attention of the public to their Free Labor Bureaus, located 
at No. 10 City Hall avenue, San Francisco, and No. 804 Broad- 
way, Oakland. All classes of male help furnished absolutely free. 
Subscription to the Citizens' Magazine, $1 per year. Orders 

Promptness is a characteristic of the Spaulding Carpel 

Cleaning Company. Thoroughness is another, and the housewife 
who entrusts her rugs or carpets to this firm is a walking adver- 
tisement of its efficiency. Every quality that goes to ensure an 
ever-increasing patronage is the practice of this reliable house. 
The address is 925 Golden Gate avenue. 

Marine Elliott as Countess Van Tuyle (Act I) in "The 
Chaperon" Marine Elliott's Theatre, New York. 

The opening on Dec. 30th of the Maxine Elliott Theatre here 
was something of an event in the dramatic world, the interest 
in which is not confined to New York theatre-goers, for the new 
playhouse is bound to attract wide attention of lovers of the 
theatre everywhere. This house, which is conducted under the 
joint management of Maxine Elliott and the Messrs. Shubert, 
is claimed to be the most costly and the handsomest theatre of its 
size ever erected in this country. The building is located at West 
TMrty-nintK street, between Broadway and Sixth avenue. The 
theatre is not large, for it has a total seating capac- 
ity of but seven hundred persons, including the 
balcony accommodation, but it is essentially an 
"intimate" playhouse, which will give opportuni- 
ties for closer artistic acquaintance with players, 
and better opportunity for the appreciation of those 
finer and subtler effects which are apt to be lost in 
a large playhouse. 

Maxine Elliott's Theatre is essentially a woman's 
theatre; that is to say, its construction was under- 
taken with a view toward making it, not only the 
home theatre of Miss Elliott, but also of the other 
women stars under the Shubert direction. Julia 
Marlowe, Mme. Sazimova and Mary Mannering 
will appear each season at the house. It is prob- 
able that the productions of such American play- 
wrights as Clyde Pitch and Augustus Thomas, and 
foreign comedy authors -will find their home here. 

The building is a low edifice, reaching no higher 
than the third story of an ordinary city residence. 
Built entirely of marble, steel anil concrete, with 
no wood anywhere in the construction except in the 
paneling of doors and windows and the frame work 
for the seats, it is considered absolutely fire-proof 
— even behind the proscenium ; thp only wood used 
is on the stage itself. There are two balconies, the 
first hanging so low that it could be called a mez- 
zanine, and the second is only slightly higher than Exterior of Maxine Elliott's Theatre, New York. 

January 88, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


lie was a college boy*, making his home in one of the frater- 
nity houses at Berkeley. At last the newspaper itch broke out 
on him, and nothing would satisfy him but that he must try his 
fortune as a reporter. He secured a position on one of the Oak- 
land dailies, and commenced "cubbing." At the end of the 
liist week's work he drew a check for $15, and had his expenses 
for the week 0. K.'d. This operation was repeated for a num- 
ber of weeks, and at last He looked upon it as routine, and was 
entirely happy. Last week one of the suburban reporters ap- 
peared and desired to know why lie had received no money for 
the past ten weeks. He was told that he had flrawn his money, 
at which he demurred and demanded an understanding. 

It developed that the new reporter had been receiving the 
suburban man's checks. The cashier had made a mistake when 
lie made out the checks in the "cub's" name. There was no 
coin for the raw beginner — he was supposed to be working for 
nothing. To add to his humiliation, he was tired for taking 
money not belonging to him. But all the time he thought he 
was entitled to the stipend he was receiving, and he could not 
sec why he should be sat upon. Then the suburban man had 
to he given his wage, and for a time there was a large-sized ex- 
plosion in this particular office. But it taught the poor, be- 
nighted "cub" a few things. And yet. he is still eager to lie in 
the profession. 

* * * 

Now comes a young politician of Oakland with a good-sized 
grouch against. Carlton Wall and other members of this promi- 
nent family, whom he accuses of bunko and grail. It will lie 
remembered tbat the Wall brothers were given the garbage con- 
tract, and now have a boal in service which hauls Oakland's 
waste matter into the ocean. The story goes back to the pre- 
coni I'act days. 

The Walls own the steamer Signal, and desirous of putting it 
to use, entered a hid for the garbage contract. Wall came to the 
young man in politics and succeeded in getting the bid through 
him. With (he aid of his ingenuity and bis strings, the young 
man managed to make the deal worth on an average id' $1130 

a month for Wall. In return, the man of politics was to receive 
a share of the profits. 

Now the claim is made thai Wall has welched. Anyway, the 
clever manipulator has received no money. The youngster 

even wont so far as to place the mailer in the bands of an at- 
torney, and the man of law wrote to Wall. Wall replied thai be 
bad received assistance from no one. Hut Dick Wall is nol talk- 
ing very much, and the reason probably is llial the bid is in the 

young man's handwriting, ami be considers silence best. 

* * * 

That Oakland is makine progress i- nol to be disputed. S ■■■ 
January 1st, the Oakland Traction Company has made it incum- 
bent upon all its male patrons w bo are addicted to smokin 
lake pleasure in using the Weed 00 the streel ear- i 
the habil upon the front platform only. Heretofore, smoke 

puffing was promisi eons, and no one was safe unless be wcni in- 
side tbe car and slim all the doors. Numerous complaints upon 
the paii of women have decided the management to proto 
gentler so\. at least in part, ami from now on they stand leas 

dangct '.bit. 

Here's the definition invented bv tbe Oakland Traction Com- 
pany for a transfer: "A bit of paper tbat iosis you nothing and 
frequently saws vou <i tor carriage hire, <.. - stale and useless 
if kept over fifteen minutes, some people kick because they can- 
not use il as an annual pa--." 

— Ladles, when you're shopping and crow hunpry. don't you know. 
Swain's Is quite convenient, nrwl "tip there yon oupht to go; 
The p:\stry Is delicious, and the meats and wines are fin' — 
Swain's for hungry people Is the place where they should dine' 
Swain's Restaurant. Van Ness avenue, near Sutter. 


Opposite Palace Hotel 

Table d'Hote Lunch. 50c 

Sliced Tomato 

String Beans 
Cream of Onions 


Pompano Meunlere Tenderloin of Sole, Tartar Sauce 

Pot Roast, German Style 

Lamb Eplgramme Jardiniere Brains, Brown Butter 

Tagilarinl and Cheese Boiled Beef and Cabbage 

Club Sausage and Risotto 

Roast Beef Roast Lamb 

An Extra Entree, 15 cents. 


Apple Pie Ice Cream "Watermelon 

Strawberry and Cream Nutmeg 

Pistache Cake 

Swiss Cheese Roquefort Cheese Brie Cheese 

An Extra Dessert 10 cents. 

The Leading Restaurant 
of San Francisco 

or A la Carte 

342 Sutter Street San Francisco 



Miss Nadyne Parker, Lyric Soprano 
Miss Anita GUI, Mezzo Soprano, 








II . i N. W. Corner 
nOtei Polk & Post StS. 
San Francisco 


Franklin 2960 

Old Poodle Dog Restaurant 

824-826 Etidy St.. near Van Ness Ave. Formerly at Buih St., corner ^ 
Grant avenue. Phone Franklin 63. 

-j-j yy -ry ^ m Open Evenings Including Sundays 

' |h ^^ Music Sundays. 


at 326 BUSH STREET. Bet Kearny and Montgomery Sts. 

ptto]fi bah 

Dinner, Sundays and Holidays 
R. With wine :>; With wine, 11.00 


San Francisco News Letter 

Januaet 23, 1909. 


Condensed Milk and the Fanner. 

It has been shown pretty conclusively that it does not pay the 
farmer to listen to the talk of the man with pea and shell game 
or the gold brick, and yet every spring and fall some otherwise 
quite intelligent man comes into town to buy greenbacks that 
arc ''as good as those made by Uncle Sam." It is a most re- 
markable thing, but the harvest is always ripe for tin:' picking, 
and the city swindler is kept sleek and well-dressed through the 
efforts of tie bucolic citizen to get rid of his cash. 

It is not always through the means named above that the far- 
mer manages to deplete his purse, but there arc times when some 
brilliant individual evolves schemes that make the gentle grafters 
named above pale into insignificance, in comparison. These 
ideas arc not evolved very often, or, at least, they are not often 
successful, because the farmer is not over-foolish when it comes 
to straight business. 

He is cautious to a degree, and it is indeed a most rosy and 
demonstrable tale that must now be told to extract the shekels 
from the old stocking behind the chimney or the safe deposit 
repository in the village bank. The creeks, where erstwhile the 
suckers lashed, are scant of fish when it comes to enlisting the 
farmer in a scheme that is apparently a legitimate one. 

The condensed milk promoter has struck a fruitful, idea, how- 
ever, and he finds it very easy to dispossess the farmer of his 
money. The story is so plausible that any one would bite. That 
is the reason why the farmer invests in the local condensed milk 
plant. The farmer can ill afford to lose money, and that is the 
reason why be invests, because he sees in the condensed milk 
plant a use for his surplus milk or any of the products of the 
dairy. For a time all is well. Really all is well only until the pro- 
moter and the machinery man has secured his booty. Then the 
plant begins to go the course of all things managed by the man 
of inexperience, selected as a rule from among the well-meaning 
farmers or the citizens of the village. 

Then conies one of the smaller forms of graft, and that is in 
the suggestion from the promoters that they have a man of ex- 
perience to take the helm. This is in so far true that bis ex- 
perience lies in directing the course of the creamery, so thai it 
falls into the hands of the machinery house, in payment of debt, 
and the scene closes with the shutters up and boards across the 
doors of the village hive of industry. The farmers' dream of 
industrial success has had the coup tic grace! 

A gentleman of the name of M. Geisenhofer is one of the 

chief officials — nay, the chief official — of the municipality of 
San Leandro across the bay. M. Geisenhofer is an astute poli- 
tician and an exceedingly capable official, as is evidenced by the 
fact that the good people of the sun-kissed town in Alameda 
County have in their appreciation made him city marshal, sani- 
tary inspector, tax-collector and superintendent of streets. And 
so admirably have these offices been filled by M. Geisenhofer that 
the citizens resolved to still further honor him. After a careful 
investigation of the available positions, it was found that the 
office of poundmaster was the only one open. So, with feelings 
of great elation, a beautifully engrossed appointment was drawn 
up by the admiring citizens and presented to this modern "Pooh- 
Bah," who pales the memories of W. S. Gilbert's immortal i har- 
acter into insignificance of the most tawdry kind. But, to the 
great surprise of the good citizens, M. Geisenhofer did not smile 
expansively or exhibit any particular joy when he was apprised 
of this fresh honor. Instead, he waxed exceedingly wroth ful at 
the idea that a dignitary who carries a flambeau as a seepter of, and who has the sole privilege in (he towu of igniting the 
street lamps daily, should be expected to run in an undignified 
fashion after mangy black-and-tans and emaciated fox-terriers. 
And still further he averred that it was nothing less than insuil 
of the rankest degree to suggest such a job to a man of his stand- 
ing. Indeed, so indignant is M. Geisenhofer that he has refused 
to have anything to do with bow-wows in any shape or form, and 
has accordingly cut off frankfuerters from his daily bill-of-fare. 
The townsmen insist, however, that M. Geisenhofer is the only 
one in San Leandro capable of holding the noble office of pound- 
master, and refuse to let him off. So the unhappy official lias 

petitioned the trustees, and with tears in his eyes has asked 
them to permit him only to attend to his previous official duties. 
But the trustees feel very much the same about the thing as do 
the other citizens, and are loth to let him go, for they say that 
there is no one else in town with the proper amount of kindliness 
in his nature requisite for the office of pound-master. The matter 
has not been settled as yet, but some wag has suggested that the 
best solution of the problem would lie to have the canines them- 
selves vote upon the proposition. Which proposition the trustees 
are sagely considering. 

A Problem of the Future. 

During the fiscal year ending June 30th, there were 1,593 
births in the Hawaiian Islands. Of that number, 126 were of 
American parentage. More than half. 3,445 to be exact, were of 
Japanese descent, and Chinese, Porto Ricans and Hawaiians 
supply the bulk of the remainder. Under these conditions, it is 
quite evident that the idea of a racially American Hawaii is but 
the veriest figment of a patriotic imagination. The American 
population of the islands is not only aol increasing, it. is not 
holding its own. Every Japanese or Chinese born in the islands 
is a potential voter, and evidence is abundant that they fully 
realize the possibilities of the situation. 

The time is not far distant when the control of the legislature 
will pass into the hand- of Oriental "Americans," when the citi- 
zen of Aryan descent will find himself a political nonentity and 
the flag of the United States will wave over a territory almost as 
racially Japanese as Yokohama. 

The Japanese is a born politician and student of affairs. He 
discusses the problems of local self-governmenl and the wider 
questions of national imporl with a fervor thai is in no sense as- 
sumed. In his native land, journals with immense circulations 
eater to his appetite for knowledge and argument. In Honolulu 
one Japanese newspaper has a larger circulation than all the 
English dailies combined. 

The vehemence of Nipponese patriotism is also something in- 
spiring. A common illustration of its fervor is to be observed 
ai the baseball games. Last month a Japanese team, the Keios. 
toured the islands. The writer was present when they played a 
mixed team at Ililo. Fully three-quarters of the spei tators were 
Japanese. They were utterly blind to any merii in the opposing 
team, but when their countrymen scored, a roar weni up that 
shook the grand-stand. An American player fumbled the ball, 

and the yells of derision broke out in an unanimous br Iside. A - 

long as the Japanese team kept well in the lead, the little brown 
iimii were literally in a seventh heaven of patriotic exaltation, but 
when, after a. few innings, the mixed learn made some sensa- 
tional plays, and swepi ahead of the Eeios, the silence of death 
prevailed. A gloom that could be felt pervaded the spectators, 
and the contrast was altogether very remarkable. 

The writer does not believe it i* possible for any Japanese to 
forget bis allegiance to the Mikado. Ingrained in bis verj 
nature, beyond the possibility of dislodgment, is a reverence for 
his emperor that amounts to idolatry, and that can only be com- 
pared to the fanatic devotion of an Arabian Mohammedan. 

If the foregoing statements lie admitted as correct, it eannol 
be denied that all the elements of a first-class ferment are to be 
found in the political situation in Hawaii in the future. 

Our intentions are manifest to the world. When the fortifica- 
tions at present under construction are completed, our military 
security will be unquestionable, but our flag will wave, unless 
the much desired Caucasian immigration materializes, over a 
population who have not, nor ever can have, a right appreciation 
of American ideals. 

Living as Christ would live has become a fad among cer- 
tain persons desirous of a new sensation. Most of these have 
identified themselves for years with some religious organization, 
and the implication is thai follow log in the footsteps of the lowly 
Mazarene for a week or ten days comes under the bead of novelty. 
To even attempt this impossible task shows to what extremes id' 

absurdity ibo Wednesday evening prayer-i ting circumscribed 

intellect will lend itself. Christ was the producl of an age thai 
made Christ possible. This is an age that produces a Rader of 
Oakland, or worse, a Tanner of Fruitvale. Could opposites so 
emphatic be conjured up by the most vivid imagination? Chrisl 
vs. Fader. Christ, vs. Tanner, fmagine the Light of the World 
with a yellow journal impulse I Imagine the tear-begirt Savior 

preaching his Sermon on the Mount with one ey i a Eearsl 

hired band! fmagine the Stainless One pushing the cup from 

January 23, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


His lips on the Mouut of Olives for a few minutes while he 
considered a "call" by another congregation — at a higher salary. 
These pulpit imitators of a pulpited Christ arc the alleged in- 
spiration of holy living in our day and time. They are alleged 
to hold aloft the torch that the feet of the people may not slip 
that house servant's epic written by Daniel PeFoo, and they turn 
themselves into sensation mongers for the benelil id' Ihe circula- 
tion department of the saffron-hued dailies. And their long- 
featured followers who take their cue for thought from their 
preachments now put themselves and each other — especially each 
other — to the test of walking in His steps for a few days, just 
to learn how it feels. They will do it — as actors would do it. 
They will mouth their lines as actors — so many of them at least — 
month their lines. They will turn the other cheek with becom- 
ing stage humility. They will sell all, and give to the poor — 
perhaps. They will have no place where to lay their heads — 
aside from a feather pillow in a well-furnished steam-heated 
apartment. And they will impress the beholder as being made by 
neither God nor man; they imitate humanity so abominably. It 
would be impossible for these persons to develop sufficient in- 
tellect in one incarnation to realize that even Christ eould not 
be Christ — the Christ of the Bible — now. Every institution, 
every person, is modified by economic conditions. The way peo- 
ple get their living is at the bottom of their impulses, their ar- 
tistic inclination, their religious fervor. The Christ that will 
eome from modern conditions will not of necessity be built on 
the lines of the Martyr of Calvary. An age of machinery, an 
age of steel girders, steel bridges, transcontinental railroad sys- 
I cms, I rusts and labor unions, eould not if it would produce a 
Christ of a period when a simple, introspect ive, primitive, pas- 
toral people like the Hebrews were a moving factor in the affairs 
of the world. The modern Christ, in whose steps it will be pos- 
sible to walk without wearing the cloak of hypocrisy, is yet to be 
born. He will come; conditions will bring him. But he will 
not he a Bader. Nor will he be a Tanner. Nor will he have the 
taint of the yellow journals in his composition. 

The Legislature. 

At Sacramento, there is a notable change for the better in the 
personnel of the two houses. The heavy drinking, the tough men 
and tougher women who always hung about both the Senate and 
Assembly, the lazy army of attaches, many of whom never even 
pretended to do anything, and the general air of dissipation, has 
disappeared. Even Gus Hartman dresses decently and behaves 
himself respectably, and he is the last relic of the old regime, 
which reached its highest point, perhaps, when Dan Burns 
ran for the United States Senate. The lobbyists of to-day are 
not the Sam Raineys and Kellys and Buckley lambs of other 
days. The usual "cinch" bills, to hold up the Pilot Commission 
and the pawn brokers, and various other victims, are not in 
sight, and although (he niekel-in-the-slols are to be attacked 
later, il is a genuine attack, and not a mere effort to hold up their 
proprietors. In a word, all the old games have disappeared, and 
it' you hold a»job you must work ; if you offer a bill, you must do 

so with some other purpose than holding up those who 


The race-track measures have no! brought a big lobby here as 
yet. Frank Daronv was around last week, but is not in eviden. e 
since the committees were announced in the Senate. If he is 
responsible for the selection made by the Lieutenant Governor, 
he has be proud of his work, for it is a com- 

niiiiee that will go the limit to help him and his race trai 
betting friends. Weed, the chairman, is a nonentity from the 
Northern end of the state. Wolfe, the Senator from the 
Twenty-first Dist rict of San 1 * nly that tl 

track issue was raised by his opponent in thi sm, and 

that his antagonist promised to vote for anti-race-track 
lien; so lie takes it that his election means that the peo 
his district favor race tracks and pool rooms, and he is for them. 

Leavitt, ol coursi ire of the race tracks, and would 

not he in the Senate a minute if the track did not pay h 

lion expenses and put him there. 9 n igi comes from the South. 

and programmes with case. Kennedy, of San Francisco, cats 

nunc like morning mush. There is no doubt that the 

committee will do all they can to prevent any hill being reported. 

from their committee rooms if they can prevent it. Hard, ener- 

md untiring work alone will pass the bills this session. 

The votes are there, ami willing to in- counted, and t' 

race track in both houses, but the q 
e (hem for a vote. 


San Francisco; January is. L909. 

Editor of The News Letter — Sir: In reading the ace ts in 

the newspapers of the mis-statements made al Washington by 
members of our Board of Supervisors, and Engineer Marsdon 
Manson, in reference to the Hetch Hetchy water supply, I have 
marveled al Ihe apathy of the people of San Francisco in allow- 
ing a statement such as "that the Hetch Hetchy was ihe only 
available water supply for San Francisco, and the only supplj 
Ihe people of San Francisco wished for," to go uncontradicted. 

My mind has been materially relieved, however, since learning 
during the past day or two that at least one of our representative 
citizens, in the person of Mr. McCutcheon, has had the temerity 
to appeal- before the House Committee on Public Lands, and 
tell the truth concerning other water supplies that are available 
for our city. How long, I wonder, is it going to take our trust- 
ing, easy-going people of San Francisco to wake up and recognize 
the danger that menaces our fair city in the persons of the men 
who. constitute the so-called prosecution and their hangers-on? 

Does any one in his sane senses think that these men, these 
cunning political tricksters, whose enormous inherited wealth 
makes men in their employ their willing slaves, are giving their 
time and energy for the sole purpose of benefiting San Fran- 
cisco ? In the words of a contemporary, I reply, Pish ! Tush ! 
Pooh-pooh ! 

Have we not seen how the members of the prosecution were 
willing to turn the city over to the tender mercies of the crimi- 
n al element when they not only acknowledged their willingness, 
but their desire, to set free, with immunity contracts, the bood- 
ling Board of Supervisors and Abe Ruef, their commanding 

Observe the present persecution of Mr. Calhoun — our city's 
benefactor! What rank injustice his trial is even at the outset! 
Truly, Satan sits upon the judge's seat, while justice hides her 
head and weeps. 

What, then, has become of our boasted pride, our gratitude, 
our hospitality, when we allow 3uch I rials to proceed. Mr. Cal- 
houn is an innocent man — as innocent as you or I, of any inlen- 
tention to commit a criminal act. and none knew it. more truly 
than the men who are prose l nting aim. Wherein, then, lies our 
duly? Shall we not rally round him to a man and put an end 

lo these prosecutions that are disgracing our i u and Slate in 

the eves of the whole world? San Francisco Deeds such men 
as Patrick Calhoun. Therefore, lei us pay him homage. 

0. c. 


Whether or ool there is a rainy Beason, there is always (hat 
capital stock in trade — Climate. Somewhere in California mag- 
nificent weather can be found in any mouth of the year, bul a 

person cannot sit i o or a • el i en and hai e 

lap. March. April and May an' vaxi tear the 

coast; June, July and August air blazing hot in the foothills 
and mountain val 

Climate i^ thi High Muek-a-Muck, the Gran adrum, 

the Dalai Lama, foremost in thought and talk on sidewalk and 
portico, in parlor ami be. I as fa. I thai 

the idol does not smile with uniform benignanty night and day, 
in the house and out of the house, on both :el and 

ai the corners, causes a loud-voiced dis 3 ->■ wor- 

shippers berate their god when I o fulfill their expecta- 

and this Bpecies of ingratitude is very common in 
where the weather is ..ft, Tier perfect than in any .. 
he United States. Visitors, after a few months of surprise at 
etch of magnifi ick flaws in 

Daughters of Time," and end by becoming weather cranks, 
like tb _etfnl of what they came away from in thi 

Travelers may leave California with a feeling of dis>.; 

:. ointment, for one reason or another, but its grip is 
upon them nevertheless: some day they will return, if tb- 
and meanwhile they will look back regretfully to features of its 
life and climate that cannot he 
man knew nothing s; and his descendan 

i loaning towards an out-of-door life and a dim 
mits it. The artificial charms of civilization never wholly conn- 

Dougktg in I' 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 23, 1909. 

Billion Dollar Era. 

The continued show of strength by 
the Pacific Railroad securities will 
enable Hnrrinian to raise the half a 
billion dollars which two years ago he declared would be required 
to carry out his plans of construction and equipment. They have 
advanced to the very first rank of the world's investment offer- 
ings, and hold their place in spite of panics and other financial 
upsets. Another striking feature in connection with railroad 
a Hairs is the fact that the country is not appalled at the mention 
of billions as it was two years ago. when James .). Hill, E. II. 
Harriman and the other railway magnates set forth the stupen- 
dous sums required by the transportation interests to meet the 
demands set upon them. We have almost unconsciously drifted 
into a "Billion Dollar Age," within the past twenty-four months. 

The sugar interests of the Coast, and 
Sugar Beet Interests. they are strong and lusty and of 

much influence, are drumming up 
the banks and commercial bodies to stand by in resisting all at- 
tempts of Congress to admit Philippine sugars free, and also 
to aid in repelling any meddling with the present tariff, so far 
as it relates to matters saccharine. The beet sugar associations 
are powerful, and they now produce more than half the sugar 
consumed in this country. Allied with the cane producers of the 
South, they will bring such pressure on Congress that any tin- 
kering with the tariff schedule, so far as their interests are con- 
cerned, is rendered well-nigh impossible. While the majority 
of the American people are convinced that the tariff is the 
"mother of trusts," the farmers and producers are the mightiest 
force behind the "stand pat" programme. The "trust influence" 
is only a drop in the bucket compared to "Hiram and bis rake" 
when it comes to steering Congressmen in the way they should 

Harriman to 
Restore Rates. 

Erom an inside and authentic source 
I learn that E. H. Harriman 
strongly opposed the raising of the 
transcontinental freight rates, which 
have been received with such a storm of protest. In fact, several 
months before final action was taken, lie wrote to bis representa- 
tives, declaring that he was satisfied with the earnings of the 
Pacific Railroads, and was confident that with the return of pros- 
perity the profits would be ample without resorting to the impo- 
sition of a higher schedule. Mr. Harriman further in the letter 
referred to, suggests a re-adjustment of rates so as to more 
equitably distribute the cost of transportation in favor of cer- 
tain industries which, in his opinion, needed fostering. The 
present schedule was forced upon the Pacific Railroads by other 
roads demanding a higher percentage of the transcontinental 
haul. Erom recent advices, it can be stated that Harriman and 
E. P. Ripley, of the Santa Pe, have determined upon a schedule 
that will be satisfactory to Pacific Coast interests in spite of 
whatever action the Transcontinental Association may determine 
to take. Erom what is learned, Mr. Harriman has effected a 
combination that after March 1st will render him entirely in- 
dependent of the Transcontinental Association in the matter of 
tapping the .great Eastern markets, and on and after thai -lav. 
Pacific Coast shippers' can expect a readjustment of the freight 
tariff that will be satisfactory. 

Raise in Discount. 

Great Britain is beginning to feel 
severely the drain upon her gold sup- 
ply by the Continental nations. Un- 
der present stress, when it is needed so much at home, the indica- 
tions are that before the end of spring the discount rate will at- 
tain the war time mark. Prom two and a half per cent, at which 
it has been held during the past year, the Board of Governors of 
the Bank of England raised the discount rate to 3 per cent. In- 
timations are current that further drains of any consequence will 
be met by three and one-half and probably four per cent. At 
such a figure, the Continental nations will he required to pas a 

pretty premium for gold, and it will probably result in a con- 
siderable drain of the yellow metal from this side of the water. 

Freight Receipt 
Stamp Tax. 

The proposition as to the feasibility 
and legality of imposing a. tax upon 
all railway freight receipts, to be 
paid by the transportation com- 
panies, is being looked into by some of those who are prominent in 
their opposition to the recent raise in transcontinental rales. 
The opinions so far rendered incline to the belief that the Stale 
has the power to impose such a stamp tax on all local freights, 
but question the right so to do on any inter-State commerce. The 
advocates of the measure will probably present a bill of Buch 
effect to the present legislature, and will wage a campaign for its 
adoption. It is estimated that several millions of dollars can lie 
raised by this method for State purposes. The promoters of the 
proposition incline to imposing a tax of live per cent. 

The hanks report a great demand 
Big Loans in Jot loans on the best class of busi- 

NucoTtA'i'ioN. ness property, which gives pr i-< 

of continued building activity. One 
ileal is on hand, with every prospect of successful completion, in- 
volving the loan of nearly a million and a half dollars for a 
Market street structure thai will be fully equal in dimensions 
and attractiveness to the Phelan building. Several other loans 
will be announced before the first of the month, varying in 
amounts Erom -$100,000 to $750,000, by leading banks on down- 
town business property. A. B. McCreary is reported to have 
been offered a big figure for his property on Market, Mission 
and Eighth streets, which he refused. The offer is said to have 
been made by representatives id' the Southern Pacific Company. 
.Mi\ McCreary, it is said, wants $6,000 a front foot for the Mar- 
ket street frontage, which is considered a little too high for 
present consideration. 

The business community will greatl} 
Passing of DanT.Cole. miss the kindly. Lincolnesque fare 

of Dan T. Cole, who passed into the 
great beyond last Saturday. As President of the Harbor Com- 
mission during the Markham regime, and as coiner of the Mini. 
Mr. Cole was brought into constant association with those 
prominent in the financial and commercial circles of this city 
as to entitle him to a position among (hem, lie was. moreover, 
a factor in Republican State politics, and was always depended 
upon lo raise the larger share of the funds required for campaign 
purposes, lie possessed in kindly nature ami humorous charac- 
teristics many of the qualities of Abraham Lincoln, to whom he 
bore a remarkable facial and physical resemblance. It is (old 
that Dan Cole could get Democrats to subscribe towards Re- 
publican campaign funds. On one occasion, a prosperous and 


Investment Securities 


412 Montgomery Street San Francisco, Cal. 

Zadig & Co., Stock Brokers 

Tonopah, Goldfleld, Bullfrog, Manhattan, Comstock. 
Fairview and Rawhide Stocks. Have option on shares 
best Rawhide properties for a few days only. 324 Bush 


Private "Wire Chicago — New York. 


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.Iamai;v 23, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

well-known Bourbon was upbraided by a parti ai eontribnt- 

i 'i\ dollars to aid the Gage campaign at the solicit) I oi 

Dan Cole. "Why, hang ii man." the Bourbon is reported I" have 
replied, "I didn't do ii to help the Republicans, bul I wanted to 
prove to Dan Cole that 1 \v;is patriotic enough to contribute thai 
,iiii.iimi to save tin* country." 

Officebs of Rational The following lis! gives in full the 
Banks of tins City. names of the officers of the national 
bunks of this city for the ensuing 
term, as elected last week. Very little change has been made in 
the existing boards; for, with few exceptions, the present officers 
succeed themselves : 

American Nations] Bank. — P. E. Bowles, president; Francis 
Cutting, vice-president; E. W. Wilson, vice-president; George N. 
O'Brien, cashier; E. J. Brobery, assistant cashier; Russell Lowry, 
assistant cashier; II. de Saint Saint, manager of foreign depart- 
ment. Directors— W. II. Talbot, L. P. Mohteagle, W. H. Chick- 
ei'ing, .lames MeNab, P. E. Bowles, Francis Cutting, Henry J. 
Crocker, George P. McNenr, E. W. Wilson. 

First National Bank. — Rudolph Spreekels, president; James 
K. Lynch, vice-president; J. K. Mollilt, cashier; ,7. II. Skinner, 
assistant cashier; C. II. McCormick, assistant cashier. Direc- 
tors — I. Downey Harvey, John A. Hooper, Joseph G. Hooper, 
.lames K. Lynch, Waller S. Martin, J. K. Moffitt, S. G. Murphy, 
• lames I). I'lielan, George C. Perkins, J. II. Skinner, Rudolph 
Spreekels, John W. Van Bergen, Clinton E. Worden. George 


Wells Fargo Nevada National. — Isaias W. Hellman, president ; 

I. W. 1 1 el I ma n, .1 1 1 ., vice-prcsidenl ; l<\ L. I ji pi nan, viee-pivsidenl ; 

Frank B. King, cashier; George Grant, W. McGavin, E. L. 
Jacobs, assistant cashiers. Directors — E. II. Harriman, I. W. 
Hellman, James L. Flood, Charles J. Deering, William Haas. 
F. W. Van Sicklen, Leon Sloss, 1. W. Hellman, Jr., Percy T. 
Morgan, C. de Guigne, William F. Herrin, J. Henry Meyer, 
Dudley Evans, Herbert E. Law, F. L. Lipman. 

Crocker . National Bank. — William H. Crocker, president; 
Charles E. Green, vice-president; J. J. Fagan, vice-president; 
Wellington Gregg, Jr., cashier; C. F. Baker, (i. W. Ebner, W. 
K. Berry, assistant cashiers. Directors — William H. Crocker, 
George Crocker, Charles T. Crocker, Frank G. Drum, James J. 
Fagan, Charles E. Green, E. B. Pond, Henry T. Scott, George 
W. Scott. 

San Francisco National Bank. — James K. Wilson, president; 
William P. Johnson, vice-president; C. K. Mcintosh, vice-piesi- 
denl ; F. W. Wolfe, cashier; C. D. I'a\is. assistant cashier. 
Directors — W. P. Johnson, W. J. Dutton, George A. Pope, C. S. 
Benedict, George A. Newhall, W. II. Tal II. D. Morton, C. 

K. Mcintosh, .lames K. Wilson. 

Western National Bank. — lahn II. Spring, president; F. L. 
Holland, vice-president; Clarence Grange, vice-president; J. K. 
Trior, Jr., vice-president; William C. Murdoch, Jr., cashier; 
George Long, assistant cashier. Directors- B. C. Brown, J. A. 
Dunker, Clarence Grange, F. L Holland, Henry Lachman, Gavin 
McNali, A. L. M.'vei'sicin. .1. K. Prior, Jr., J. II. Spring. 

London-Paris National. — Sigmund Greenebaum, president; 

llerherl Fleishliaeker. \ ice-presideiii and manager; Alden \n- 

derson, vice-president. Directors M. Fleishhacker, J. J. Mack, 
.i.e. McKinstry, Raphael Weill. Louis Sloss. Until the I Ion- 
Paris ami the Anglo-Californian gel together they will keep their 

o» n fa 'ds of direi b 

National Bank of the Pacific.— Zoeth S. Eldridge, presi 
M. J. Ilvnes. cashier; Paul E. Meriz. assistant cashier. Direc- 
tors Chmles W, Slack. William R. 1'himcr. QeorgC W. Haight, 

Zoeth s. Eldridge, M. J. Hynes. 

Seaboard National Bank. RobeH J. Tyson, president; J. II. 

Baxter, vice-president; 11. E. Pennell, vice-president; J. E. 
Hall, cashier. Directors— Robert J. Tyson, 11. E. Pennell, Jas. 
Tyson, \. S. Carman. Robert Dollar. Allen I.. Chickering. 

Merchants' National Bank. Charles Nelson, president; Lewis 
I. Cowgill, vice-president: L. M. M.i. Donald, cashier: J. W. 
Judson. assistant cashier. Directors FTehrj Wilson, 
Sin ion. s. C. Denson, W. II. Little, J. C. Esi lien, liewia I. Cow- 
gill, Charles Nelson. The Merchants' Nal al n I to increase 

its capital stock from $800,000 100. 








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Money to Loan 

In sums of $50,000 or more, at 6 per cent on 
good down-town realty. 

Address Cashier, Box 20, News Letter. 

Mrs. Boyle- "Mj husban ! $500,000 when I married 


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re assortment of imported Prunellas, 
ancy Herringbones and Stripe Weaves, i 
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San Francisco News Letter 

January 23, 1909. 


The Board of Supervisors will make the hearing in the peti- 
tion to extend the fire limits from the center of Van Ness avenue 
(o the center of Franklin street the special order of business at 
their meeting next Monday afternoon at 3.30 o'clock. Much 
discussion is expected to result, as there is a strong sentimenf 

both for anil against the extension. 

* * * 

The Supreme Court of the United States has denied the peti- 
tion of the Williamsburg City Fire Insurance Company for a 
review of the case instituted against it in this city by Leon Wil- 
lard in the circuit court, where a verdici was given against the 
company, involving a loss in the great fire of 1906, and hinging 
on the earthquake clause. This decision affects nearly one hun- 
dred similar eases now before the United States Circuit Court, 
wheie tlie company relies for a defense upon the earthquake 
clause. These eases, or the majority of them, will now in all 
probability be settled out of court without further litigation. 

The North Carolina Home has intervened in the courts aj 
Walla Walla, Wash., in connection with the receivership of the 
Walla Walla Fire Insurance Company, and has made grave 
charges of fraud in connection with the management of the com- 
pany and the receivership asked I'or by one of the large stock- 
holders. The petitioner claims that the Walla Walla Company 
is insolvent, and that re-insurance or re-organization under an- 
other name at Seattle would be an attempt to conceal the assets 
of the coinpairy. ' J. H. Richards, the California general agent 
of the Walla Walla Fire Insurance Company to-day, sends out 
the following notice to local policy-holders: "Since my communi- 
cation to you of December 31st, I have not received anything 
further concerning the re-insurance of the Walla Walla in the 
American Home until to-day, when I am advised that the re- 
insurance in the American Home of the Walla Walla policies 
has been withdrawn. My suggestion, therefore, to you is that 
you protect your clients by placing their insurance in other com- 
panies at once." 

* * * 

The Pasadena (Cal.) Fire Insurance Company, which was 
organized several months ago with $200,000 capital and $50,- 
(101) sin-plus, has decided by action of its hoard of directors to 
suspend operations indefinitely. This decision was taken after 
a visit of Secretary and General Manager L. V. Bently to the 
East, and a report to the board of conditions as he found them 
there. The company's charter will he kept alive with a view of 
possible action some time in the future. 

* * * 

The Security Fire of Baltimore, which went into the hands 
of a receiver following the great fire, has had a decision handed 
down against it by Jffilge Eemster of the Circuit Court of Bal- 
timore that is of interest to San Francisco claimants. The , -| 

holds that the company is liable for losses indirectly due to 
earthquake, The case may be carried to the Maryland Court of 

* * * 

The decision of Judge Newman, of the United Stales court at 
Atlanta that companies which reinsured the Atlanta-Birming- 
ham«on i.ts San Francisco business must paj the Atlanta-Bir- 
mingham the full amount of their reinsurances in spite of the 
fad thai the Atlanta Company settled with San Francisco 
claimants on a basis of thirty cents on the dollar, will save a 
loss of some $50,000 to the San Francisco claimants, and means 
a payment to them of about L5 per cent additional. 

* * * 

It is fo he hoped in the interest of sound and honest insurance 
that those persons who are responsible for flic criminal misman- 
agement of the Ohio German of Toledo will not he permitted to 

i scape punishment. The general public does not possi iilli- 

cient knowledge to discriminate properly between insurance in- 
stitutions which are above suspicion and disreputable concerns 
whose officials are eternally skating on thin ice, and which onh 
manage to exist, by tricky evasions of the law. Such insurance 
perverts, anil their devious practices gel widely advertised in the 

press of the country, with the result that the fair name of insur- 
ance is dragged in the mire of yellow journalism, and is degraded 
by such associations. 

* * * 

J. M. Xcwburger, of the Atlas's Western department, is visit- 
in- Southern California. — W. C. Trottnow resigns the California 
general agency of the Continental of Salt Lake to go with the 
Columbian National. — Contra Costa County sues to recover 
$18,000 from the Metropolitan Surety, which company bonded 
its defaulting treasurer. — Work on the ninety cisterns to be in- 
stalled in different parts of the city is being rapidly pressed. — 
The annual banquet of the Firemans' Fund took place at the 
Fairmont last week. — General Agent Hart, of the Penn Mutual, 
has returned from a visit to Philadelphia. — Vice-President Ber- 
nard Faymonville of the Firemans' Fund, has been elected presi- 
dent of the board of fire commissioners. Darsey M. Hill has 

been appointed receiver of the Walla Walla, vice J. W. McGhec. 
— E. \V. Carpenter, will take up his residence in Lower Califor- 
nia soon. — Insurance Commissioner Myron Wolf has been look- 
ing after insurance legislation at Sacramento. — The Norwich 
Union is now writing business in California. — The charge of 
perjury against John R. liegeman, of the Metropolitan has 
been dismissed for lack of evidence. — The Insurance Commis- 
sioner is making life unhappy for the Commoners of America, 
a Los Angeles fraternal concern. — Both the California and Fire- 
man's Fund made money last year, and added largely to their 
surplus and reserves. — The New York Life will issue no more 
incontestable from date policies after February 1st. 




Fireman's Fund Insurance Company 

Capital, $1,600,000 

Assets, $6,000,000 

California and Sansome Streets, 
San Francisco, California. 

Cash Capital. Sl'UO.OOll. 

Cash Assets, $581,377.89 

Pacific Coast Casualty Company 


Employers' Liability, General Liability, Teams, Elevators, Workmen's 
Collective, Vessels, Burglary, Plate Glass Insurance. 

Officers — Edmund F. Green. President; John C. Coleman. Vice-Presi- 
dent; F. A. Zane, Secretary; Ant. Borel & Co., Treasurers; F. P. Deering, 

Directors— A. Borel. H. E. Bothin, Edward L. Brayton. John C. Cole- 
man. F. P. I leering. E. P. Green. James K. Moffitt, Henry Rosenfeld, 
Adolph A, Sen. William S. Tevis. 

Head Office — Merchants' Exchange Building, San . Francisco. Marshal 
A. Frank Company, General Agents for California, Kohl Building, San 

The Connecticut fire Insurance Company 

Of Hartford. Established I860. 

Capital ctock JljOOO.OOO 

Surplus to Policy Holders 2,462.739 

Total Cash Assets 0,365,877 


British and Foreign Marine Insurance Co. 


Of Liverpool. 





The We& Coaft Life Insurance Co. 

San Francisco, Cal. 

A strong, well managed institution; organized under the rigid Insurance 
laws of California. Its policy forms are clear and explicit and define and 
guard the interests of policy-holders as do those of no other company. 
Ask any agent, or write the company for sample of policy forms. 

The Home Insurance Company, New York 

Organized 1S53. Cash Capital. $3,000,000 

Insurance on personal effects of tourists and temporary sojourners 
anywhere in United States, Canada and Mexico. Insurance against loss 
by Are, lightning, wind storm or tornado. Indemnity for loss of, rental 
in,' \.\ Are or lightning. 

li. L. R.OFF, General Agent. J. J. SHEAHAN, Vss'l General Agent, 
oS Sutter St., San Francisco, Cal. 

January 23, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


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We do not ask you to purchase a 


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The Winton Six starts without cranking. 

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We make the above style of car, also a toy tonneau body, in both 48.6 and 60 horsepower. 

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Member of Association Licensed Automobile Manufacturers 

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San Francisco News Letter 

January 23. 1909. 

C? U 


The thrills of the week have been of the anaemic sort, that 
are too invertebrate to create a warm glow of excitement. The 
days have been neatly upholstered with teas, luncheons, bridge 
and dinner parties, but there lias noi been any one evenl to 
whip society into an effort to pui its best foot forward. How- 
ever, there has been plenty of gossip to serve with afternoon tea. 
The divorce of the Ashton Potters, while H was not unexpe ted, 
has of course been the topic mosl thickly spread over the tea 
biscuits. Lieutenant Potter lias not incarnadined the pink tea 
path out this way for several years — in fact, 'lis whispered that 
the rosy path of dalliance which he treads does nol always lead 
in smart drawing rooms. He was not famous for the "straigM 
and narrow" even before his marriage, and new that their part- 
nership is In be dissolved, society is recalling that even their 
engagement presaged jusl such an ending. It was at one of 
cuir famous Mardi (Iras halls at Hopkins' Art Institute thai the 
dashing young lieutenant popped the quest ion — and the corks! 

Miss McNutt refused him, hut next day the lieutenant tried 
again, and this time cut out the fizz water, and just pupped the 
question. His suit was necessarily a short one, for he was due 
in the Philippines, hut during that lime, "Mary's Lamb," as 
the wags dubbed him, showed that his fleece was not white as 
snow, and (lie calamity howlers predicted that to play Bo-Peep 
to a lamb that would turn out. black sheep was dangerous busi- 
ness. However, Miss Mary went to the Philippines with her 
mother, and married the gay young officer, and after island 
service and a dose of Texas, he resigned from the army, and 
the Potters went abroad with the Robinson Bileys (Genevieve 
Goad.) Apropos of the Bileys, the rumors of their domestic 
affairs are not particularly re-assuring. Mrs. Potter has spent 
most of the last two years in this city with her mother, while 
her husband has divided his time between Europe and Colorado. 

The nearest approach to one of our old Mardi (Iras halls which 
this year promises is the Colonial fancy dress on Shrove Tuesday 
at the St. Francis. This affair will give the people, whom Mrs. 
Charles Alexander has admitted to her club, a chance to part 
Lent wilh the fun and frolic of a bal masque, but it does net 
lake in all (he ramifications of society like the old Mardi Gras, 
with a dash of cayenne on the side, and it is regrettable that one 
'il' the traditions of San Francisco has been allowed to lapse. 

February is to he decidedly fancy dress with a Kirmess, 8 
fancy dress Assembly ami a Colonial dance. These closing days 
of January are humming with plans for costumes, ami it is 
hoped that out of the simmering projects some one will evolve the 
sort of thing with which Ethyl Hager used to reduce aociety to 
an exclamation point! Her electric, Bandwich man, and dress- 
ing table stunt have become the classic standards Eor Eoolish 
fancy dress— and it is the funny make-ups that whoop things 
up at these affairs. A great many of the girls who are taking 
part in the Kirmess will wear the same costumes In the Assem- 
bly mi February 19th, with the addition of masks— and a- cum- 
bers of girls will he dressed alike at the Kirmess, th e masks will 
create plenty of confusion about identity, which will take the 
edge oil' the fad that they have been seen before. 

That seciety still knows and loves its Shakespeare is proven by 
the number of theatre parties for the Sothera production. On 
Monday night, Mr. and Mrs. Will Taylor gave a dinner in bonor 
of their sister. Miss Florence Hopkins, afterwards taking their 
guests to the theatre. Mrs. Edgar Preston was a bridge hostess 
on Monday evening, entertaining about thirty people at her 
apartments at the Fairmont. Mrs. Grant Selfridge gave a 
luncheon that same day for Mine, (iadski, and in the afternoon. 
Laurel Court was resplendent with the uniforms of if- armj 
officers, that sei predominating at the tea given by Mrs. John 
McMullin. Miss Frances Joliffe was also a lea hostess, i ater- 
taining in honor of Mrs. Landfleld, the fascinating Russian 
Princess, won by Professor Jerome Landfleld, of Berkeley, while 
he was studying conditions in Russia. 

Teas also predominated on Tuesday, many of them informal 
affairs at which the girls who are rehearsing foi the Kirmess 


Inseparably associated with the social life of 
San Francisco. 

Palace Hotel Company 

gathered to talk over their plans. Mrs. A. 11. Loughborough and 
Miss Bessie Zane were tea hostesses at the Fairmont, the Misses 
Morrison of San Jose entertained about thirty friends in the 
Laurel Court prior In their departure for their home. Mrs. 
Prentiss Cobb Hale gave a luncheon at her own residence in 
lienor of Miss Mabel Toy, whose marriage to Mr. Francis Way- 
land Lucas is one el' the interesting events of the near future. 

Wednesday was tilled with g lies, and all the sets asked lo 

help themselves. Mosl important of all the dinners was that 
given by Dr. Harry Tevis at the Fairmont to twenty friends. 
Dr. Tevis always entertains in a fascinating manner, providing 
some surprise in the way of decoration or entertainment for his 
friends. Mrs. •'. Athearn Polger was the bridge hostess of the 
day, with a handsomely appointed card party at her home in 

Pacific avenue. 'I'll.' younger sei gathered at the Edwin dew- 
hall heme, where Mi-- Frances ami Miss Virginia entertained in 

honor of Miss Sara Coffin. \I tss Julie Heyneman gave sicaj 

people an opportunity lo nun;! Mrs. Arthur Hinton of London, 
heller known as Katherine Goodson, the famous pianiste. Mrs. 

Robert Hayes Smith was a luncheon hostess at the Fairmont, so 

that with all these'' diversions. Wednesday could not be called a 
dull day in spile of I he incessant downpour. 

Thursday. Miss Julia Langhome entertained a number of 
girls at bridge in the delightfully informal way which the 
Liirjlioi no girls always welcome people lo their hospitable home. 
Mrs. Prentiss Cobb Hale was the motif of the elaborate bridge 
party which Mrs. s.piiie V. Moonev gave at her home on Broad- 
way. Friday ami Saturday are the most informal days on the 
calendar, all the events down for those two days being of the 
■■just drop in ami have a cup of lea" variety. 

Debutantes ami matrons alike are keenly anticipating the 
coming Greenwa] Assembly, which will be held in the white ami 
gold ballroom of the Fairmont on Friday, January 29th. It is 

rumored thai Greenway, not content with the i ri ph of his firsl 

Assembly of December 18th, is planning to introduce some new 

features, which will serve as a lillip to the somewhat jailed appe- 
tites of society folk who demand new attractions continually. 
While the last affair presented an array of costuming and jewels 

rarely seen in this. or. for thai matter, in any other city, if is 
Otl 'lil that the recent return from Europe of several .if Mr. 

Greenway's staunch friends will help lo make the second Assem- 
bly an equally beautiful spectacle. 

Many of the debutantes who went to the firsl dance of the 
cdtdi in fear anil trembling lest they should have their cards un- 
filled, are now considering who shall he favored with their dan- 
cing on the coming night. For dancing men there are in abund- 
ance — in such numbers, in fad. as to insure a good lime In 
every one. 

E. F. Hutton & Co. 

Bankers and Brokers 

31-33-35 New Street. New York 

St. Francis Head J Tel. Douglas 2487 

112 Weil 3d Si.. Us Angeles 
1301 IS.. Washington. D. C. 

MEMBERS: New York Slock Exchange. New York Collon Exchange. New York 
Coffee Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade. Pioneer House. 

Private wire to Chicago, New York. Orders executed through any New York Slock 
Exchange house, affording Easterners the opportunity of trading with their own 

R. E. MU1.CAHY. Manager. 

January 23, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


Besides thi good time anticipated on the coming Fridaj night, 
every <>"<■ is looking pasl thai date to the Mardi Gfras ball, willi 
which the Assembly will close its season on February L9th. This 
will be of a oature unrivaled by anything of the 3orl in America. 
The most famous balls of this character are those » hich are hold 
in New Orleans during the Mardi (fras festivities. As there 
have been nothing of this sort in San Francisco since the days 
of the Mardi Gras balls at the Hoplims Art Institute in the 
early days, the coming Greenway affair will be almost an inno- 

San Francisco people will undoubtedly be pleased to hear of 
the return of Dr. A. E. Regensberger to San Francisco alter an 
absence of many months visiting the hospitals of the principal 
cities of Europe, and covering an itinerary from Sweden In 
Egypt. He is in a suite in the Whittell Building, 166 Geary 
street. San Francisco knows Doctor Regensberger as one who 
has earned his laurels as a successful dermatologist, and bis 
periodical trips abroad serve to keep him in touch with the scien- 
tific discoveries of the day and the practice in the large hospitals 
in the capitals of Hie world. The last journey made by Doctor 
Regensberger covers the longest period he lias hern away from 
I ie On any of his visits. This has been almost a year. 

'Pbe Hanging Committee of the Del Monte Arl Gallery held 
their regular meeting on the Kith, and re-hung the nailery. A 
lew good canvases were added to the collection by William Keith, 
Manson Buthuff, Calthea Vivian and Alice Best. Dr. Gfinthe 
replaced his group of photographs by*a very interesting collec- 
tion of studies, made during bis recent trip to Japan. The fol- 
lowing artists came down: Gottardo F. Piazzoni, Will Sparks. 
Florence Lundberg, Dr. Genthe and Mr. Steel. 

Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Kinnsley, of Providence, R. I., arrived 
during the week, and will remain at Del Monte until May, when 
they return to (lie East. This is the eighteenth winter that Mr. 
and Mrs. Kinnsley have spent at Del Monte. 

Among the society women \\h<> an' sponsors for the success 

of Miss Margaret Kemblc's musical venture at the St. Francis 
last week were Mrs. William (J. Irwin. Mrs. Waller S. Martin, 
Mrs. George A. Newhall, Mrs. Rudolph Spreckels, Mrs. ('has. 

Stetson Wheeler, Mrs. .lames Ellis Tucker. Mrs. George II. Men- 
dell, Jr., Mrs. Eleanor Martin, Mrs. Eugene Lent, Mrs. Walter 
MaelJavin anil Mrs. M. C. Sloss. The patrons fur the affair are 
Charles Tcmplcloii Crocker. R. M. Tobin, Dr. Harry Tevis, 
Henry T. Scull ami .1. Downey Harvey. The patronesse in 
Oakland ami Berkeley who are lending support to the occasion 
are Mrs. Isaac L. Requa, Mrs. Oscar Fitzalan Long, Mrs. Chas. 

Egbert ami Mi's, frank Havens. 

'Mr. G. D. Phillips, of Seattle, ami bis friends, Mr. .1. M. Phil- 
lips, Mrs. M. 0. Phillips ami Mrs. l.;. c. Voswinker, were at 
Del Monte for I he week-end. 
Mrs. M. E. Kirkwodd is visiting her friends, Miss George and 

Mrs. 1'enn, who are al Del Monte for the winter. 

The cordial greeting which i Signor dc 

Orassi on bis appearance in the < olonial ball room of the Si. 
Kraneis this week was no| only a tribute to his genius, lull a 
felicitation upon bis approaching marriage to Miss Wii 
Morgan, which »i!l take place in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 
in Oakland. While in Southern Ca 'Ie Orassi 

ami his wife will be entertained by Mrs. Gilhcrl Perkins 
nierly M iss Clara Hunt 


Mr. ■'. V. > iinson, ol Neu N i siting his friend, Mr. 

\V. 11. Smith, whYi i- spending the winter a! Del Monte. Mr. 
Stimson is an enthusiastic golf player, and expects to remain 
here a nionib or more. 

The Hotel Rafael i- to enjoy the phenomenal business 
came to ii ~ share last year, if on.' is to judge by the numerous let- 
ters ami the many applications coming to the maangemeii 
accommodations at ibis most popular of the near to th 
suburban resorts. The Hotel Rafael i •! at a forty-five 

lllinute distance by boat anil train from San F ad it is 

linlcd as though it wore lost in the woods of Mania 
menu and the service are unexcelled, and the Casino is the de- 
of the automobilist This is the _ - end" hotel 

Adjacent to the city. It is the ideal California summer and 
winter resort, and it enjovs scenic SUrroul 


A pleasant dinner al Hie SI. Francis, preceding the Gadski 
concert, was given by Mr. ami Mrs. Charlies W. Clark, who Ice 
among their gnosis Mrs. John Casserly, Mrs. Raoul Duval, Miss 
Pomeroy, Edwin Tobin, Counl Charles Du Pare, Mr. Harvej 
and Cohmel Pickering. 



The Gymnasium and baths are open In the new 

Turkish, Russian and Electric light baths. . . . 
Hydrotherapeutic and massage departments. 

The most modern establishment of this character 
in the world. % 

Under the management of James Woods 


N. E. cor. Bush and Stockton 

Centrally Located 

A Modern and Up-To-Date Family Hotel. 
Sun in Every Room. Elaborate Furnish- 
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European and American Plan 

Del Monte 

near quaint old Monterey 125 miles from San Francisco. 
Uniting all the pleasures of outdoor life under ideal conditions, 
with the conveniences and luxuries of the best metropolitan 
hotels. For rates, reservations, etc., address 

H. R. WARNER, Manager. 

Hotel Argonaut 

Built by the Society of California Pioneers, Fourth street near Market, 
San Francisco. Caters to both Family and Commercial Trade; 400 roomp; 
rooms with detached bath, $1 per day; rooms with private bath, $1.50 and 
up per day; breakfast, 50c; luncheon, 50c. ; dinner, including wine, $1. 
Seating capacity, 500. The Hotel Argonaut's free bus meets all trains 
at ferries and steamship landings. 


Hotel Westminster 

Los Angeles, Cal. 

Fourth add M*un St*. 

American Plan 


Hales per Day. $2.50 Rooms without Bath. 
Rooms with Bath. $3.00. $3.50 and $4.00. 

European Plan 

$1.00 per day and up 
With bath. fl.SO and up. 

F. O. JOHNSON, Proprietor 

A. W. Best 

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1628 Bush Street 

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San Francisco News Letter 

Jani/aby 23, 1909. 



The most important event in the history of automobiling on 
this coast is the question of good roads which is now being dis- 
cussed by the members of the State Legislature and the Gov- 
ernor. The good roads proposition is of so much importance, 
not only to the automobile interests, but to all users of the State 
highways in g( neral that it is proving one of the main issues of 
the present State assemblage of State law makers. 

So important is the question considered thai practically every 
county and every civic organization in the State has a represen- 
tative at the capital. The only exception to this is the local 
automobile organizations, which, as representing the motor in- 
terests of the State, should be among the strongest exponents of 
the movement for better roads. Not only are the members of 
the automobile Club, the officials of the San Francisco Motor 
Cluli. and the officers of the Automobile Dealers' Association in- 
different to the bill for better roads, but those organizations have 
uoi even taken the precaution of sending a representative to Sac- 
ramento to aid in securing the necessary appropriations. 

No other class of people would benefit more from the better- 
ment of good roads than the automohilists of this part of the 
State It would mean the bringing to this State of hundreds of 
Eastern motor owners, who now spend the winters touring in 

California is admitted to have the worst roads of any State 
where automobiles are used extensively, and the fact that the 
dealers and automobile clubmen view the efforts of Governor 
Gillett and others to secure appropriations for the betterment of 
the State highways with apparent indifference is only to their 
own disadvantage. With eighteen million dollars expended on 
improving the California roads, the automobile industry would 
increase ten fold. Eastern motorists would turn to this State, 
and hundreds of others would purchase cars where they now are 
content to use- their horse and wagon. It would not, however, 
be entirely to the benefit of the user of automobiles for the pres- 
ent plans for good roads to be successful — the general user of 
a highway would get better results and less danger with safe 
and comfortable roads to travel over. 

If for no other reason than to show their interest in the State 
and to show appreciation of the efforts of others, the Automo- 
bile Dealers' Association or San Francisco Automobile Club 
should send a delegate to Sacramento for the purpose of lending 
any assistance possible to the best and most progressive move- 
ment ever before the California Legislature. 

The Automobile Dealers Association has scheduled an en- 
durance run for next month, to be held from this city to Oakland 
and return via San Jose. Charles Howard, member of the tours 
and runs committee, reports that the course, which, ordinarily 
an easy one, will probably prove strenuous enough Eor the c at- 
testants, owing to the conditions of the roads. No definite date 
for the tour has been set, but it will probably take place the 
latter part of next month. 

One of the most important announcements of the present 
week was that made by C. B. Warren, Western representative 
of the F. B. Stearns Company, to the effect that the Reliance 
Garage Company has secured the Northern California agency 
for the famous Stearns' line of cars. For several years the Stearns 
ears have been handled on the coast, with indifferent success. 
and until Charles B. Shanks became sales manager of the Cleve- 
land factory, it seemed impossible for the factory to serin, a 
satisfactory agent in this city. After two trips to San Fran- 
cisco, trje ex-representative of the Winton Company has suc- 
ceeded in tieing up the agency with what promises to be an ac- 
tive and successful representative. 

The new company will have quarters on Van Ness near Ful- 
ton, and will carry an extensive line of cars on hand. C. B. 
Warren reports a number of 1909 models en route from the 

From all reports, the present automobile show in New York, 
is one of the most successful ever held in the Eastern metropolis! 
Both E. P. Brinegar, of the Pioneer Automobile Company, and 

Cuyler Lee, representative of the Packard, are at present in 
New York, and have sent reports of the general success of the 
Madison Square exhibition. Brinegar writes that the Thomas 
and Oldsmobile and Chalmers-Detroit exhibits are among the 
most popular in the show, and that each day sees a number of 
sales from the different departments. Monday was the day for 
six big sixty horse-power Thomas Flyers to be sold on the floor 
of the Garden. 

During the present rainy season, the chances arc few of any 

other c petitor attempting to lower the record of twelve hours 

for the round trip from this city lo Del Monte, held by Norman 
He Yiiiix. in an Auburn car. I>e Vaux says that the roads will 
not permit of faster time for several months. 

* * * 

Mr. Mitchell Lewis, President of the Mitchell Motor Company. 
.1. W. Gilson, general sales manager of the company, and J. W. 
Bate, chief designer and head of the mechanical force of the 
company, were in San Francisco this week. Mr. Mitchell and 
liis associates are three of the best known men in the automo- 
bile business in the United States. The immense popularity of 
this company is easily understood, after one comes in touch with 
these officials. II is immediately felt thai here are men who are 
thoroughly familiar with the business in all its branches, and 
they furthermore arc so linked with the production of a car thai 
is surpassed by none, and that lias as in no other ear embodied 

among iis owners the idea of the I' ily. A. E. Hunter and 

G 'ge Osen, of San Jose, the local agents, are the hosts of the 

occasion, being (lie local agents of the Mitchell car. 

* * * 

The Tx>s Angeles Automobile Show opens January 23d and 
closes on the 30th inclusive. The entries arc many, and the hall 
is said to lie an artistic revelation. Many owners of cars are 
going down for the occasion, and there is to be a big delegation 
of local dealers. Los Angeles is a great big auto center, and 
interest always runs high at the annual show. 

'Another shipment 

new lol consists of 

of Thomas Flyers arrived yesterday. The 
wo 60 horse-power touring cars and one 


"Belle Perry" 

Self Cleaning Fasl Filter will give you 


Deposit ONE DOLLAR and agree to pay FIFTY CENTS 

PHONE OR WRITE. We will call on you. 

American Filter Company 

527 Californ iaSlreet 

Phone Douglas 1155 

.T \ n i aky 23, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


Tn a recently published article, Mr. Maxim slums 

jusi linu improper inflation is responsible for the 

greai majority oi tire troubles. Outwardly, there is 

\cry little difference between tires inflated, one to 

thirty pounds, another to fifty pounds, and another 

to ninety pounds, which is the proper pressure for 

the size indicated. A tire insufficiently inflated, and 

passing over even slight obstacles, is bent or depressed 

at an angle which quickly causes a rupture in its 

fabric; whereas the properlj inflated tire 

is depressed scarcely at all. presenting the 

strongest possible resisting surface. 

The uninformed or the careless auto- 
mobile user blames the lire, when the fault 
is insufficient air pressure and nothing 
else. He may try all kinds, but he finds 
the results the same. 
Mr. Maxim concludes: "The only way 
properly to inflate a 
tire is' to USE A 
GAUGE to measure 
what pressure is actu- 
ally in the tire.'' 

Ordinarily, the au- 
tomobile user guesses 
at his tire pressure, 
aod almost invariably 
the pressure is too 
small. His tires, time, 
patience and pocket- 
book suffer accord- 
ingly. The accompanying illustration shows the Twitchell 
guage closed, extended, and applied In an automobile tire. It is 
only three and a half inches long, can be carried in the vest 
pocket, and is always ready for use. Tt can be applied in two 
Seconds, and the registration is instantaneous and guaranteed 
to be correct. It can be applied at any time and at any place, 
without inconvenience. It will not get out of order with any 
reasonable use. 

The W. I). Newerf Rubber Company is arranging to pul the 
Twitchell guage on the market all over Ihe country. This 

guage is on exhibition al the Los Angeles Automobile Show. 

* * * 

Franklin Catalogue De Luxe. 

"Over the roads throughput Ihe seasons" are the words which 

appeal on the Idle page of the 190!) Franklin automobile cata- 
logue de luxe, which has just been issued, and they are used as 

significant of the claim that ihe Franklin motor ear. being air- 
cooled and having no water to freeze or boil dry, is a car thai is 
io be found going "over the roads throughoul the seasons," ever] 

day in the year, regardless of winter's cold or summer's heal. 

The cover presents a striking combination of red and gold. 
i be design being such as is produced by elaborate tooling upon 
heavy leather. 

Forty pages serve to tell much about the Franklin, and even 
the pages devoted to description of, models and parts of the 
machines are no! left untouched by the hand of the artis 

about their borders are \ lows in tint that are such as the auto- 
mobile enthusiast brings to mind when his thoughts are busy 
with happy, Sunny lours which have been his in (he past. The 
book is something more than a men ition of fads and 

figures, but il lias all of these ill detail ill regard to Ihe Franklin 


* * » 

The Renault Taxieabs, which began operations in this city last 
Saturday, have mad,' a greai hit among those who are able to 
appreciate a good rent service. The cabs have been kept con- 
iiimoiislx engaged night and day. The Pacific Taximeti 
Company, which is operating this service, has placed its order for 
ten additional tabs with Renault Freres, selling branch of thi- 


* * • 

Among tin- prominent people who ; taken del 

of the 1909 Buick •■White Streaks" are Alfred (iwwine Vander- 
hilt and E. C. Converse, head of the American Rank N 
Mr. Vandorhilt. who was one of the first patrons of the automo- 
bile in this country, and who has been prominent in 

on the road and track for a good many years, 

NOW is the time to put a 
Stromberg carburetor on 
your car 

WE can eliminate all your 
motor troubles and show a 
big saving of gasoline con- 
sumption. More power, 
speed and flexibility. 


Stromberg Motor Devices Company 

426-28 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco 

Phone Park 2361 


Luxurious open or closed Motor Cabs lor hue 
al all hours. Reservations for Theatric. Shop- 
ping Business and Social Calls may he made 
by telephone. 

Pacific Taximeter Cab Co. 

FAY C. MM.. General Manaerr 

316-322 Van Ness Ave. Telephone Market 981 

to the Huick by its wonderful performance in the Lou:.' 
Island sweepstakes and in the 
Thanksgiving last. Mr. V.niderbilt will drive the little "'White 

himself, and will no doubt be heard from in races this 


* * * 

Mr. I. W. ITelhiian Jr.. has j - I his new 35-45 h. p. 

b'enanlt limousine. Mr. M. lieyi rfelt, Jr., has placed an order 
35-45 h. p. licuault landaulet. 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 23, 1909. 

All of the cars shown emphasize the policy of the Packard Co. 
to engage in but one class of manufacture. There is no deviation 
fr the standard "Thirty" and "Eighteen" chassis. The Pack- 
ard "Thirty" may be obtained as a seven-passenger touring car, 
a runabout, a limousine or landaulet, with inside-operated coupe 
body ami with close-coupled or other special bodies. The 
"Eighteen" may lie had as a Bve-passenger open car. runabout, 
limousine or landaulet. The II Packard "Thirty" is a de- 
velopment of the 1908 model, rather than an innovation. Its 
engine is of 5-incb bore by 5%-ineb stroke. The genera] features 
of Packard construction are well-known. The price, in standard 
finish and equipment, is $4,200. The Packard "Eighteen" town 
car has a motor of I 1-16 inch bore by 5% inch stroke. The 
wheel base if the standard chassis is 112 inches. There arc no 
differences between its construction and that of the ••Thirty." 
The price >f the open car, in standard finish and equipment, is 

* * * 

The Studebaker Brothel* Company of California has under- 
taken the construction of another automobile, to he buill along 

lines similar to the handsome car which was sold to Allen ller- 
bert, the Honolulu and San Francisco capitalist. The body of 
the ear will he of solid mahogany, the mouldings to be carved out 
of the solid panel. This is done in order to insure against 
warping. The theory of automobile builders is that this feature 
also adds strength. The upholstering will lie of the long-grain 
given leather. Other trimmings of the car will also be in green. 

When completed, the machine will present a decidedly striking 
appearance. The engine of the car will develop 30 horse-power. 

* * * 

Aulomoliile roads in nearly all of the north of the hay coun- 
ties are said to he in a dangerous condition by I''. M. Martin, 
dnc of the trawling salesmen for the Studebaker Bros.'s Com- 
pany, who has been driving a Studebaker suburban in thai pin 
of the Stati' for the past several weeks. 

"The roads are in worse shape than they ever were before," 
said Martin, when lie returned to San Francisco lasi Saturday. 
"In some places the roads are buried under three feet of water, 
and it is impossible to gel from St. Helena to Crystal Springs 
with a machine at the present time. I met a number of autoists 
while on that road, and in nearly every instance they Here hope- 
lessly stalled." 

* * * 

In-. C. II. Terry, of the Rex Dental Co.. this city, who has 
been driving a Winton car for the past two seasons, is doing con- 
siderable touring through the bay i D.ties in his new Model 

11, 1909. six-cylinder Winton touring car. 

* * * 

Mr. Edward Bideout, the well-known capitalist of this city, is 
now the proud possessor of an especially constructed 1909, si\- 
cylinder Winton roadster (the first of its kind to come to the 

coasl ). which is guaranteed to annihilate space. 

* * * 

Mr. Cuyler Lee is in New York City attending the automobile 

The Peer of All! 


Bass-Hueter Co. 

816 Mission Street Distributors 

Adapted to Every Machine 

"Friction Costs More Than Lubrication" 

There is no Method of 


Equal to the Method of 


Morgan sWrightTires 
are good tires 

Weinstock, Nichols Co. 

600 Turk Street San Francisco, Cal. 





Are the assets of the Oldsmobile, the car 
that has no weak point. 

Chalmers Detroit 1909 Thomas 

Immediate Delivery 

Price $2900 San Francisco 


901 Golden Gate Ave. 

January 23, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

An Auto Wolf Chase. 

Two hundred men on whal the people of Centra] Nebraska 
knofl as a "wolf chase," have found a new use for the automobile. 
These "wolf chases" are organized from time to time for the 
purpose of ridding the region of coyotes, which are the breed 
of wolves there to be found. 

h was when two visitors from the East happened along al 
Harvard, Nebraska, and found one of these hunts scheduled thai 
the motor ear was introduced into the game. The Easterners 
\wiv George E. Messer and Arthur Wheeler, and they, with the 
co-operation of Raymond Herzog of Harvard took two Franklin 
touring ears into the event, being in at the death and shooting 

Er their point of vantage in the ears like the tiger hunters of 

India mounted upon the backs of elephants. 

The hunters were divided into four squads of fifty each, and 
each division was lined up along one side of a great square, sev- 
eral miles on a side. A place where it was known coyotes were 
to be found in considerable number had been selected for the 
round-up of the animals it was sought to exterminate. This was 
some distance from the town, and the two hundred hunters, iu 
loads of ten, were packed into the two automobiles and taken out 
to their stations. 

Al eacli corner of the square was a captain, mounted upon a 
horse. Each commanded one id' the Eour sides, ami no one was 
allowed lo advance until all were ready. Then a signal was 

given lo close in. 

Svery man had a shot-gun, no rifles were allowed, and every 
one was ordered to shoot low. 'These regulations were for She 
purpose of minimizing the danger In the hunters themselves of 

The automobile party kept with the line of beaters until all 
bad worked in half way to the center of the round-up: Then 
with their twenty-eight horse-power, the I wo motor cars were 
driven straight across the prairie to the poinl at which the html 
would reach its climax. 

This was at a straw stack neaT a corral, and there eight wolves 
were brought to bay. Baffled in attempts lo break through the 
relentlessly tightening chain of human foes, the eight made a 
last stand and faced their executioners. 

When the men on fool were aboul L50 yards from the stack, 
the firing began. II was all over in a lew minutes, ami the eight, 
lay lifeless, surrounded by the l«" hundred hunters. A ninth 
had been seen to escape through the line soon after the hunt 

Over two hundred jaekrabbits and cottontails, caughl in the 

same trap, had been shol as the men closed in. Only the cotton- 
tails Mere sa\ I'll for food. 

Because of the nine saved by the use of the automobiles in the 
stationing of the men. the entire hunt was held between the 

hours of 1 1 and 1 .30 o'clock. 

The "wolf chases" are withoul sanction on the pari of the 
public officials, so no one m authority can be held responsible in 
case of any injury. Every participant goes in al his own risk, 

Inii no one has I n hurl hi the pas! few i 

When a chase is planned, an unsigned n •■ is given npon 

lull hoards and published in the dail] papers. The expense of the 

hunl is mel in pari by an auction • I wolves killed, a 

eoyote skin making the animal worth aboul $1.75, and in the 
revenue from a commissary wagon R i impanies the hunt- 

ers. Am monej left over is used in the pvn i lay pigeons. 

and the remainder of the day is spent in trap shooting. 

The high an Japanese exhibil in the Marsh's new Japan- 

ooms al Hotel Fairmont, is well worth a visit. 


Runabouts Touring Cars 

Roadsters Limousines 

Walter C. Morris 
640 Van Ness Ave. 

Tel. Franklin 3777 San Francisco 

Osen & Hunter 
Auto Co. IS 








In response to a demand for a larger and roomier car than 
our 20 H. P.. 4 Cylinder. Model "R", and more moderate in 
price than our Light Six. we have produced the Model "X". 
This car represents the most advanced ideas in automobile 


Pacific Motor Car Company 

376-380 Golden Gate Avenue 
Oakland Branch: 1308-10 Franklin Street 

Manufactured by Stevrns-Duryea Company. 

Oakopee Fids. Mils. 

i-'f Lic*B»*d iulomt'Lil* Mftonfoctarart " 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 33, 1909. 

A Californian's Impression of the A. M. C. M. A. Automobile 
Show. From our New York Special Correspondent. 

Of all the gay spots in brilliant New York, where the New 
Year was ushered in with acclaim, none was gayer nor more bril- 
liant than Grand Central Palace, where the Ninth Annual In- 
ternational Automobile Show had its inception. The auditorium 
of that famous old building was dressed in gala attire, in fact, 
it never before was garbed in such finery, dust as makers of 
motor cars and accessories who occupied the three hundred and 
odd booths put their supreme efforts to make the motor car 
more of a necessity than ever before, so the management bad 
contrived to devise a setting that no American automobile ex- 
hibition had enjoyed in the past. 

A complete chemical engine, a white town car. a children's 
motor car. which is a toy in size only, and an ambulance were 
a few of the novelties on exhibition when the Ninth International 
Automobile Show ushered in the New Year. There were other 
oddities in devices which inventors hope will, revolutionize some 
working part of the gasoline motor. But freak cars and freak 
ideas were notable by their absence. Judging from the line of 
vehicles, the motor car is fast approaching the standardization 
for which builders have been seeking. 

There are cars of every conceivable size and shape, ranging 
in price from a sum so small as to be scouted several years ago I" 
the $15,000 ear of foreign make. But the tendency appears to 
be towards lower power and more economy than has been notice- 
able during former years. 

Not only did the exhibition attract the best people of New 
York and vicinity, but it proved a magnet for more trade men 
from distant points than ever before attended a show. It was 
well worth all the time, money and thought expended by the 
American Motor Car Manufacturers Association show committee 
to bring the wares of motor cars and accessory makers before 
those trade numbers alone. 

Every point of the compass was represented in the registration 
of visiting dealers, during the first two days of the show. While 
the majority are from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, 
New Jersey and Pennsylvania points, Florida, Missouri, Illi- 
nois, Indiana, Ohio, California and other distant States are well 
represented in the list. 

Mot only have the trade orders exceeded the expectations of 
the manufacturers, but the sales of cars to individuals during 
the week was a record-breaker. 

In the Maxwell-Briseoe annex exhibit was a weather-beaten 
old three-seated motor ear, showing effects of many a hard trip 
over rough roads. It commanded instant attention from the 
fact that it seemed so out of [dace amid luxurious surroundings. 

The car has a history, and Ben Briscoe declares that il is the 
find of the century, lie discovered it in California recently, and 
has authentic proof that J. W. Wilkins built and operated the 
car in 1876; which antedates the Selden gasoline motor by several 

The engine is a three-cylinder affair, and it is in working order 
now just as it was the clay it was made. The only changes in 
the ear were made in wheels and tires, not in the working 

'Idie German Benz car, which finished second at Savannah was 
the "iily one of the Grand Prize racing ears on exhibition. The 
winning Fiat car, it was hoped, could be placed on exhibition, 
lint owing to Custom House regulations, it had to be sen! hark to 

When the writer requested Manager Peeves to express his 
opinion of the show, he said: "It would be very unbecoming for 
the manager of this show to express an opinion as to whether or 
noi ii lias been a success. Judgment on that question should be 
left to the exhibitors, the press and the general public. If it; has 
1 n a success, it is the result of the co-operation of the repre- 
sentatives of the 301 exhibitors in adhering strictly to the rules 
laid down by the Show Committee, the faithful work of our stall 
of employees, and to the generous support given l,\ the public 
and by automobile tradesmen. 

"If the attendance of close to 100,000 people, breaking all pre- 
vious records for motor car exhibitions; if the presence of more 
tbaii 1,000 dealers, and if the sale at retail and al wholesale of 
millions of dollars worth of automobiles and accessories is any 
criterion, the Ninth International Automobile Show may justly' 
he called a success." 

When the lirst Automobile Show was held eighl years a°-o' 

HE 1909 Frank- 
lin, 18 horse- 
power, Model 
G Touring Car 
is here. No car of the 
same size and weight 
can equal the perform- 
ance of this new model. 
It is not only a wonder- 
ful performer—but like 
all Franklins, the light- 
est, the strongest, the 
most flexible, most eco- 
nomical motor car pro- 
duced. Come and see it 

Consolidated Motor Car Company 

402-6 Golden Gate Ave. 

Phone Franklin 3910 

January 23, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


the single-cylinder motor predominated, although a few double 
cylinder motors were iu evidence, the four, six or eight cylinder 
motor was conspicuous by its absence. To-day the single cylinder 
is employed in very small numbers; the double cylinder twin 

motor, common in early days, has disappeared, except in two or 
three runabouts. 

The majority of manufacturers are producing the four-cylin- 
der type, and it is generally conceded that this will be the motor 
of the future. 

There do not appear to have been added to the ranks of six 
cylinder motors any beyond those manufactured last season. 

The eight-cylinder motors have made no gains, the tendency 
being toward the simpler and less expensive forms. There 
have been no material changes in the design of clutches. Cone 
and multiple disks predominate among the larger cars, while the 
smaller adhere to the band clutch. 

Planetary transmissions arc generally fitted with band clutches 
— the sliding gear transmission usually fitted with multiple disk 
or cone clutches. 

The jump spark ignition system seems to be gaining in favor. 
In this matter, as in many others about automobiles, construc- 
tion designs differ widely, many advocating the jump spark for 
its simplicity; others claim the make and break system using the 
low tension current, while not so simple, is more efficient and 
less expensive. 

W. M. Klincer. 
* * * 

Two carloads of '09 Pullman automobiles are expected within 
the coming week for the Frank 0. Renstrom Company. The 
Pullman is certainly making a record for itself this seasoii on the 
Pacific Coast, and as soon as the cars arrive, they will be deliv- 
ered to buyers. Mr. T. A. Martensleiii, who has been connected 
with a number of the leading automobile houses on this coast, 
for a number of years, has affiliated himself with the Benstrom 
Company, and will assist Mr. Renstrom in demonstrating the 
Pullman throughout the Slate dining the coming season. 

Mr. .Tames L. Flood has added to his automobile stables at 
Menlo Park one of tin 1 new voiturette Renaulte, which has cre- 
ated such a sensation both in Paris ami New York. The ear is 
finished in havane color. This is the second Renault purchased 
within flic past four months by Mr. Flood. The first wa3 a 
35-45 h. p. double runabout. 


The "New 30" shaft driven car having 
the Durability and the Reliability of the 
"20" chain driven car. will eclipse if possi- 
ble the triumphs of all former models. 

The Greenland Co. Inc. 

Phone Market 1398 
Valencia near 14th San Francisco 




All that the name implies. 



Salesrooms and Garage: 
N.W. corner Van Ness and 
Golden Gate Avenues. 

The finest livery 
service in the WesT;. 



Also Agents 

for the 



We Don't Exped^to Sell Every Dealer 


The Oil In the Checkerboard Can" 

• --but we DO e\pect. Mr. Dealer, thai if you don't keep Panhard Oil in stock, you will be 
fjir *ith us and TELL VOIR CUSTOMERS SO. 

We believe that sooner or later you will sell Panhard Oil. because yoo can thereby give 
your customers the tn-si oil on the market. Also you know ii is easier to sell something 
for which there is a universal demand. 

We guarantee that you will secure the permanent trade of every customer to whom you 
sell Panhard Oil— that's why it will pay yoo well to keep oar oil in stock. 

Our booklet. "Lubrication." gives a lot of useful information on cylinder oil. We will 
send yoo a complimentary copy upon request. 

Beware of Imitators 

L. H. and D. I. BILL, Sole Distributers 

132 Valencia Street 

San Francisco, Cal 

San Francisco News Letter 

January 83, 1909. 

The News Letter man, in an interview with Mr. C. S. Rich- 
ardson, of the Stearns ear. has the following to -a, : 

••We have been appointed the Northern California agents for 
the Stearns Motor Cars, and will open a large and well-equipped 

salesr n fur the proper display of this high-grade line at the 

corner of Pulton and Van Xess in the very near future. We, of 
course, intend to continue our garage, repair shop and auto 
liven- business in our present location, which will also serve as 
temporary headquarters for the Steams Agency until our Van 
Jtess avenue building is ready for occupancy. 

"Foi- some time past f have followed closely the progress of 
Pastern automobile manufacturers, with a view of securing the 
local agency of a car that would return the purchaser an honest 
value f"i- his money, and best overcome the exacting conditions 
.it motoring in this locality. 

"While we have had a number of ears offered us on flattering 
terms, none of them quite came up to my requirements. 

"Three things the intelligent buyer demands in an up-to-date 
tor ear: Power, flexibility and simplicity. The Stearns em- 
bodies them all. The abundant reserve power of the Stearns 
Motor is a matter of national reputation, making it one of the 
I'astcsi-built American cats. It's marvelous flexibility of opera- 
tion and simplicity in construction represent Hie highest state 

of perfection reached in motor ear development. In finish and 
detail I have been unable to find its equal. The '09 Stearns are 
built in both shaft and chain driven chassis, and from 15 h. p. 
in 90 h. p. motors. 

"We expect to conduct an aggressive campaign, and make the 
Stearns as well known and popular in the Wesl as il is in the 

East. We will carry a full line of parts and have our de n- 

-iraiing cars of the '09 model already in the field. I look for a 
prosperous season in the automobile trade, and the Stearns will 
he in at the finish." 

* * * 

The hoisting of the circus tent and installation of the animals. 
to watch which the small boy plays hookey from school, is no 
More interesting to him than would be to an adult a similar ex- 
hibition of complicated activity in the work of preparation that 
is now in progress at Madison Square Garden. The annual au- 
tomobile show which opens at the Garden next Saturday nisrht 
has come to be the particular event, for which the big amphi- 
theatre is most elaborately decorated and generally transformed. 

The show managers of the Association of Licensed And bile 

Manufacturers are now in possession of the Garden, ami the car- 
penters, decorators, electricians and painters, with their assist- 
anls lo the number of ten score, are over-running the place, from 
cellar to rafters, all as busy as sailors gelling a ship under way. 
Ai first glance ii looks like a terribly confused activity, but a Ut- 
ile observation shows organization in hah' a dozen ililfeivnl direc- 
tions, and orderly cohereni co-operation that will quickly bring 
the scheme to c pleteness and beauty. The -bow is to have 

more exhibitors than ever ibis lime — aboui 325 — and (he wits 
of the planners have been taxed to provide for them, bill il will 
all seem In have been easily done when the big crowd surges in on 
ilm opening night. 

* * * 

Mr. L. B. Coats recently joined the ranks of San Francisco 

inoiorists. having purchased the Wmton Motor Carriage C - 

pany of this city one of the famous six-eylinder, self-starting 
Winton runabouts. On Sunday last, in company with a par oi 
friends. Mr. Coates drove his machine to San '.lose and return 
and. when questioned regarding his ear. be said : "It's the great 
est ever, and I'm more than pleased with my neu pos ion." 

Automobile and Carriage 



K & K Company 

507 Turk Street San Francisco, Cal 

Telephone Franklin 3391 

Representative Garages of San Francisco. 

Washington and East Streets 

Phone Kearny 678 

Ferry Garage Company 

All Workmanship Guaranteed 

Storage Renting: 

Supplies Machinist 

White Garage 

Hayes near Polk Sis. 

Phone Market 1705 

Auto Livery Co. 

M. L. Rosenfeld, Mgr. 
Van Ness and Golden Gate. Phone Franklin 1535 

The McAlpine Garage 

Jas. K. McAlpine, Mgr. 
1618 to 1630 Jackson St. Phone Franklin 3256 

Panhandle Garage 

E. P. Siosson, Mgr. 
N. E. Cor. Fell and Ashbury. 

Tel. West 6885 

The Renstrom Garage 

424 to 446 Stanyan Street. 

Tel. Park 476 

Golden Gate School of 
Automobile Engineering 

419-425 Larkin Street 
Phone Franklin 3391 


Clearing House 

Sin Francisco, Cil. 

San Francisco 

Los Angeles 

Chanslor & Lyon Motor Supply Co. 


Automobile Accessories 
Largest and most com- 
plete stock on the Coast 

Agents for Hartford Tires 

H. D. McCoy 
Secretary and Manager 

542-4-6 Golden Gate Ave. 
San Francisco, Cal. 

NOTICE. Phone Market 751 


Monogram Oils 


Monogram Oils 


Pacific Coas^ Distributors: 

Geo. P. Moore Company 

721 Golden Gate Avenue 

San Francisco Cal. 

January 23, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


Drops of thousands of feel over precipices was the peril that 
hung on the slightest turn of the steering wheel when Henry J, 
Lamar, Jr., and Dr. \V. 6. I , wenl over the Cumberland Moun- 
tains in a trip from Macon, Ga., to Lansing, Mich., in Dr. Lee's 
Oldsmobile. The trip of 1,250 miles has jusl been completed, 
►50 miles in '.'0 hours, including all stops and the replacing of 

tires. The two men left Macon on Wednesday I were in 

Lancing Sunday morning. The trip was through Atlanta, 
Chattanooga, Nashville, Louisville, Cincinnati, Dayton, Lima, 
Toledo ami Jackson. Mr. Larmar, who handles the oldsmobile 
line at Macon, drove. 

"We went up to Mt. Eagle," said Dr. Lee, "where the grade is 
Iwo miles long and rises to an angle of 15 degrees. There are 
breaks of logs and stones along this road every 20 or 30 feet. At 
the summit we met a man who claims to have lived there -i\ 
years. Tie asserts that our Oldsmobile is the first lo go over 
this road on its power. Others have been assisted by a team of 

* * * 

A remark which interestingly illustrates the growth of the 
automobile industry was made by a Diamond tire representative 
in a discussion of the early days of the business at the recent 
Palace .Show: "It is less than eleven years ago that we hooked 
our first order tor any considerable number of motor tires," said 
he. "It was for sixteen sets. We had been building such tires 
in lots of one or two sets, working them out and experimenting 
for some time, but it took two months to fill that order. Now 
we turn out 200 complete tires every workjng hour of the day — - 
both in inner tubes and casings, and instead of all being of one 
type and size, as was that initial order, there are more than a 
score of sizes, and all the various models, including quick de- 
tachable, regular clincher, mechanical or Dunlap, Fisk rim type, 
etc., hut all Diamond tires, and practically all of them made in 
the varying types of tread, from the plain round to the Diamond 
grip anti-skidding tire!" 

* * * 

R. T. Prosser, formerly with the Harrison Automobile Com- 
pany in Los Angeles, has joined the selling forces of the Pioneer 
Automobile Company, local agents for the Thomas, Oldsmobile 
and Chalmers-Detroit ears. Prosser reports thai the prospects 
for a good automobile trade in the southern part of (he Stale are 
bright, most of the agents having enlarged their allotment for 
Ihe coining season. 

* * * 

Among the latest sales reported by the Pioneer Automobile 
(' pany are J. B. Neumann, li-eylinder Thomas flyer; S. M. 

Phillips, Sacramento, Chalmers-Detroil m horse-power touring 

ear, and an Oldsmobile runabout to L. .1. Francis, Oakland, and 

Samuel Jackson a Thomas Flyer. 


Winton 1908 

Only used 500 Miles. Must be Sold Now 

A Great Bargain 




(00 Van Ness Avenue, cor. Grove 

Tips to Automobilists 

PALO A i/ro— Stanford Auto and Manufacturing Co.. renting, repairing 
and sundries. Fire-proof garage, Daj and night service, <H3-!> Emerson 
street. Tel. Main 7S. Machine and repair department, r.ll Alma street. 

SAN JOSE— WALLACE BROS.' GARAGE. Market and St. .lamps 

streets. 20.000 square feet of floor space. Special accommodations for 

ladles. Repairing, sundries, renting. Fire proof garage. Day and night 

SAN JOSE.— Stop at LETCHER'S New Garage for first-class service. 
"We cater to the touring public. Attractive parlor for ladies in connec- 
tion. "Mission' Front" garage next to corner of First and St. James Sts. 

GILROY, CAL. — George E. Tice, general machinist, expert repairing of 
automobiles and engines a specialty. Day or night service, 260 N. Mon- 
terey street. 

SAN JUAN.— Stop at the PLAZA HOTEL, opposite the OLD MISSION. 
Special attention paid to automobilists. 

PETALUMA. — McNear Garage and Machine Works. Any kind of auto 
repairing. Full line of auto supplies; complete machine shop. Corner 
Third and C streets. 

HANFORD — The GURNEE Garage. Any kind of automobile repairing. 
Full line of auto supplies. Open day and night. Complete machine shop. 
Telephone Main 35. "TOW BOAT" always ready. 

We Want Your Automobile Repair and Machine Work 

The Irvin Machine Works 

335-337 Golden Gate Avenue 
President and Manager 

Phone Market 2366 

San Francisco 

Keenan Bros. 

Automobile Engineers, Machinists and Blacksmiths. 
273 Valencia Street, San Francisco. Telephone Market 1986 




and at less expense and inconven- 
ience to you than at present. Rent 
your batteries from Auto Ignition Co. 
709-711 Octavla St, Phone Market 5678. 


Pacific Coast "Technical Representatives" 



We carry a complete line of Maenetos and Parts. 
Phone Market 1425 466 Golden Gate Avenue 



Tires Retreaded and Made New 
Phone Park 710 636 Van Ness Ave 




Phone Franklin 612 

524 Polk Street, near Golden Gate Ave. San Francisco. Cal. 

Thomas B. Jeflery & Company. 117-125 Valencia St.. San Francisco 


>t?\ ens-Dun ea touring car. '07. 4 cylinder, 5 passenger. Completely over- 
hauled, newly painted and in good order. Can be seen at trie 

Reliance Automobile Company 

Park 324 

Phones: »«rk 325 

547-55? Fulton Strut 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 23, 1909. 


By J. D. Thielex. 

The impress, in its totality, of the customs and religious of the 
white race upon the peoples of the tropics is. and must always be, 
a failure. That the modes of living, interpretations of the social 
question ami ideas of religion which originate in the temperate 
zone, are totally unfitted for races living under the glare of an 
equatorial sun,' and in different stages of evolutionary develop- 
ment, should be evident to the most enthusiastic philanthropist. 

Not a da k-skinned Polynesian, among the thousands who at 
the present day don the white man's clothes and listen uncom- 
prehendingly to the missionary's discourse, but is worse off than 
when living in his natural state. The South Sea [slander pre- 
sents a far better appearance and is more comfortable in the grass 
girdle and flowery garlands of his original costume than in the 
ill-fitting cotton suit in which he makes a spectacle of himself 
to-day. His old creeds, also, with all their occasional sacrificial 
demands, have not resulted in one ten thousandth of the blood- 
shed which Christianity has inflicted on the while race. The 
leaching of the scriptures in their most literal sense, such as ob- 
tains to-day among the heathen ; the instillation into their simple 
souls of the conceptions of a literal hell-fire, a gold-paved heaven 
or an archangel with a flaming sword, is a grave moral crime. 
The romantic leg-ends this nonsense is intended to displace are 
more poetic and equally probable. In this connection it may be 
remarked that the presence of Protestant missionaries in the 
Philippines is productive of no lasting good. They are not 
wanted. Their creed, with its Puritanic asceticism and un- 
adorned ritual, makes no appeal to the natives. The Roman 
Catholic Church, with its gorgeous pageantry and awe inspiring 
ceremonial, suits them better, and should be left undisturbed. 

The Darkest Englands and Submerged Ten Thousands, com- 
mon wherever Christianity prevails, offer fields of ample scope 
for the activities of these people. The opportunities, however, be 
it noted, in these fields of work, for the acquisition of worldly 
wealth are very limited as compared with those entailed in a 
sea nh for lost souls in the islands of the Pacific. It is also wor- 
thy of note that in the numerous cases where these gospel pioneers 
have achieved worldly as well as spiritual success, they or their 
descendants usually form an earthy aristocracy to which the 
native is denied admittance. In this connection, it may lie stated 
that the Pacific Commercial Advertiser, of Honolulu, discuss- 
ing in a late issue the increase of poverty in the Hawaiian 
Islands, remarks : 

"In the olden days, extreme poverty was so rare that individual 
action was sufficient." Yet these same islands support a less 
population than 100 years ago, and produce more actual wealth 
yearly than any other equal area on the earth's surface. 

Two facts stand out, prominent and undeniable. First, one 
hundred years ago the natives owned all the land. Second, to- 
day they own practically none. Yet missionary work has been 
carried on in Hawaii more vigorously than anywhere else. 
Churches are everywhere, and teachers of the creed of the lowly 
Xazarene wax rich while the natives are becoming extinct. Other 
causes have also contributed to this discomfiture of the native, but 
Christianity of the missionary type has ever been the preponder- 
ant power in the islands. Judged by its spiritual results, it is 
an absolute and appalling failure, and its prestige is rightly wan- 
ing every day. The writer holds that, if a man be true to himself, 
be he Confucian, cannibal or Christian, he may face the future 
beyond the grave — if future there be — unashamed. Of all such, 
if they live according to their light, is the Kingdom of Cod, and 
when the Book of Life is opened many a cannibalistic Polynesian, 
judged by this test, will stand nearer the Throne than some of the 
self-styled missionaries who are endowed with the avarice, but 
lack the courage, of a Sir Henry Morgan or a "Bully 'Hayes.' " 

If you are on the lookout for an ideal place to lunch or 

dint — or breakfast, for that matter — you should become ac- 
quainted with the new home of the Original Vienna Cafe and 
Bakery, which is located centrally at 139 Ellis street. Excel- 
lence of cuisine, fine service, and absolute cleanliness in every 
department are all helping to make this famous cafe grow in 
daily favor. The branch at 1014 Van Ness avenue is still con- 
ducted as capably as before. 

We carry the very latent and most original 
styles in wall papers, curtains, draperies, tiles 
for mantels, etc. See our stencilled designs on 
Russian Linen Crash. 



Sherman, Clay & Co., occupying this entire building 
at Kearny and Sutter streets, San Francisco, are 
headquarters for every kind of musical instruments 
from Steinway pianos down. You have no need to 
go elsewhere for any article pertaining to the music 

Sherman Ray & Go. 

Steinway and Other Pianos— Victor Talking Machines 

• Broadway al 13th. Oakland 

Phone, Douglas IS33. 

R. Bujannoff 




51 LICK PLACE, off Sutler, between Kearny and Montgomery 

RriichpQ Back to our old location 623 Sacramento Street between 
1»1 UMIC& Kearny and Montg-omery Streets 

With full line of Brushes, Brooms and Feather Dusters, on hand 
and made to order. Janitor supplies of all kinds. Ladders. Buck- 
ets, Chamois, Metal Polish and Cleaning Powders. Hardware, Wood 
and Willow Ware. 

Call, Write or Telephone Kearny 6787. 

Wm. Buchanan 

Alfred Bannister 

Public Expert ACCOUNTANT and AUDITOR, 1927 California Street 
SAN FRANCISCO. Phone Kearny 2871. 

J \ n 1 1 \ i; v 23, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 



ItV 'I'll E M.ll'H. 

Ii was a magnificent night. The liner Korea had already 

passed the L80th meridian, and was making phei lenal time. 

Not a ripple stirred Hie surface of the illimitable Pacific, save 
where the bow of the great steamer churned it into foam, and the 

full moon, just pendent over the horizon, shone with extraordi- 
nary brilliance. 

Lured by the appealing beauty of the scene, a parly of gentle- 
men were lolling on the upper deck in the steamer chairs. It 
was two o'clock, yet no one thought of retiring. 

The Siberian traveler and the missionary furnished the greater 
part of the conversation, the other three gentlemen seemingly 
being content to play the part of listeners. 

"Then you do not admit the watchful solicitude of a Pers il 

Deity?" remarked the - missionary, in a slightly raised tone of 
voice. It was evident that he felt a passing irritation at the 
patronizing smile with which the traveler received his discourse. 

"1 cannot," replied the traveler in an even lone, "much as I 
would like to. The stern evidence of fact over-rules my inclina- 
tions. Not to inject any personal experiences into this question, 
and 1 have had a few, I will quote, with your permission, I lie 
diary of the last few days on earth of Lieutenant De Long, a de- 
vout Christian, and one of the greatest heroes of our common 

So saying, the traveler produced a volume, evidently drawn 
from the ship's library, dealing with the ill-fated Jeanette ex- 

"As you are aware," he continued, "the Jeanette was crushed 

he iee some two hundred miles oil' the north Siberian coast 

and her crew were compelled to take to the boats. The terrihla 
Arctic winter was just beginning, but the crew finally made land, 
only to perish, the greater part of them, within reach of assist- 
ance. A few days prior to the culmination of thai terrible trag- 
edy, De Long's diary, discovered later by the aide of the dead 
heroes, reads as follows": 

The gentleman opened the volume and read in a grave tone 
these extracts: 

"'Friday, October 7; 117th day. — Our last grain of tea was 
put in the kettle this morning, and we are aboul to undertake 

our journey of twenty-five miles with s old tea leaves ami 

two quarts of alcohol. However. I trust in God, and 1 believe 
that lie who has fed ns thus far will not suffer n- i" die of want 

"'Thursday, October 13; L23d day.— -We arc in the hands of 
(led. and unless lie relents, are lost. We cannot move against 
the wind, and Btaying here means starvation. All united 
ing the Lord's Prayer ami Creed. Eorrible ni 

"'Friday, Oct 81; L31si day. Eaack was found dead al 
midnight. Lee died aboul noon. Read prayers for sick when 
we found he was going. 

"'Sunday, October 83, L33d day. Everybody pretty weak. 
Read pai'i of di\ ine sen ii e. \ i Eoot-gear. J " 

The traveler paused. A look of horror overspread of his listeners. The missionary, lo whom the terrible 

story was evidently new, wi ! forward, bis hands on his 

The traveler resumed: "(Jentlemen," he said. "I quote the last 

entries of this diary with all reverence. To none do I yield in 

my reverence to the Unknown Tower that rules the unh 

to none do I defer in ray admiration of these magr 

I seek only to disprove the idea, entertained by many, thai a 

persona] providence interferes in our affairs. I will continue. 

"Fridaj Oi 88 ; 138th day. — Iverson died daring morn- 


Saturday. October ?!>: 139th dav.— Dressier died during the 

r 30; 110th day.— Boyd ami Goerta died dur- 
ing the night Mr. Collins dving!" 

"That was the last written record left by those suffering men. 
I v led, and they embr. sleep of 

death in a mantle of snow, iptti Such oc- 

currences as these, and thej can bo dup' ly pre- 

clude the ides of a Personal Deity solicitous for the welfare oi 
his creatures." 

The first faint rays of approaching dawn tinge, I the edge of 
the horizon a rosi red. A fe« early risers were taking a m'orniii| 
constitutional on the deck, and two hells s ded amidships. 

"'Ida' ways of Providence are inscrutable," reverently said tin' 
missionary as the group -might their staterooms. 

In selecting a food for the baby don't experiment. Baby can't stand 
much experimenting. Borden's Eagle Brand Condensed Milk is acted 
upon by the infant stomach substantially the same as mother's milk 
For 50 years it has made glad mothers and started thousands of babies 
on life's journey with health and happiness. 

A Car 
By Ear 

The trained 
ear of the ex- 
perienced automobilist 
instantly detects the 
superiority of ZEROLENE Auto Lubricating 
Oil in theeven, contented "pur-r" of the engine 
that tells the story of perfect lubrication. No 
matter what the type of gasoline engine or 
season of the year, ZEROLENE invariably 
gives perfect lubrication under all conditions. 

Auto Lubricating Oil 

is produced In only one place in the world. 
It is non-carbonizing, and keeps cylinders 
and spark plugs in perfect condition. It is 
practically friction, carbon and trouble proof. 

Absolutely free from all trace oi acid. 
ZRROLKNK is put up In sealed cans witn patent 
spout that cannot be refilled. Also put up in 
barrels for the garage trade. Sold by dealers 





Four Nurseries, Acres — Largest on the Pacific Coast. For 25 years we 
have been engaged Ingrowing reliable nursery stock. 

Burbank's New Creations. 

Royal and Paradox Walnuts; Santa Rosa tiaviota; Formosa Plums; Rutland 
Plum Cot; Vesuvius, the Beautiful Foliage Plum. Valuable booklet, illustrated In 
colors mailed for 35c. "California Horticulture. The Fruit Growers' Guide." asc 
Catalog and Price list mailed on application. 

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Franklin 2802 

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San Francisco, Cal. 

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Permanently Located 

Suite 507 

323 Geary St. at Powell Opposite St. Francis 

Phone. Douglas 43O0 


San Francisco News Letter 

jANru;\ 83, 1909. 






Where the waves of burning cloud are rolled 

()n the farther shore of the sunset sea. 
Jn a land of wonder that none behold. 

There blooms a rose on the I Ireamland Tree. 

Ii grows in the Garden of Mystery 
Where the River of Slumber softly Sows, 

And whenever a dream has come i" I"'. 
A petal falls from the I »reamland Rose. 

In the heart of Hie tree, mi a branch of gold, 

A silvery bird sings endlessly 
A mystic song that is ages old — 

A mournful seng in a minor key, 

Full of the glamor of faery. 
And whenever a dreamer's ears tinclose 

To the sound of that distanl melody, 
A [ietal falls from the Dreamland Hose. 

Dreams and visions in hosts untold 
Throng around on the moonlit Ira: 

Dreams of age that are calm and cold. 

Dreams of youth that are fair and free — 
Mail; with a hope that no one knows — 
And whenever a dream and a dream agree. 

A petal falls from the Dreamland Kose. 

Princess — you gaze in a reverie 

Where the drowsy firelight redly glows. 
Slowly yon raise your eyes to me . . . 
A petal falls from the Dreamland Rose. 

— Brian Hooker in Harper's Magazine. 


The air is chill, the yellow leaves are falling, 

Tho sky is grey with tears that will not fall. 

A ng the trees a few sad songsters calling 

Hear only sighs in answer to (heir call. 

And yet comes Eve. with silent, shadowy spaces, 
Ami vet comes Eve, with sombre, purple West, 

And smoothes the scars of battle from our 1'arrs. 
And kisses as, ami softly whispers, ''1,'esl !" 

Sing me a song "I' Twilight, <) sad Binger, 

Of live, winged shadows, deep'ning into Wight, 

Of Twilight touching us with cool, still finger. 
And drawing Day's dull curtain from our sight. 

— II'. 7?. Titterton in The New Age. 


Above the edge of dark appear the lances of the sun; 
Along the mountain-ridges clear his rosy heralds run; 

The vapors down I ho valley go 

Like broken armies, dark- and low. 

Look up, my heart, from every hill 

In folds of rose and daffodil 

The sunrise banners flow. 

() fly away on silent wing, ye boding owls of nighl ! 
(i welcome little birds that sing the coming-in of light! 

For new, and new. and ever-new. 

The golden bud within the blue; 

And. every morning seems to say: 

"There's something happy on the way. 

And God sends love to you !" 
t_ — Henry Van Dyke in Current Literature 


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We will gladly assist you in doing this with our carefully se- 
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Interior Decorators 

1527 Pine St., Between Van Ness and Polk, San Francisco 

187 Twelfth St., near Madison. Oakland 

The Kimono House 



Uptown Store. Van Ness Ave. at Bush Street 
Downtown Store 235-237 Geary Street 

Van Ness Ave. Telephone 
Franklin 768 


Geary Slreel Telephone 
Douglas 3850 

Chas. Lyons 

London Tailor 

Established 30 years. 

Importer and Dealer In Foreign and Domestic Woolens. 

Suits to order from $25.00 up 

Overcoats to order from $25-00 up 

Trousers to order from $ 6.00 up 

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Devoted to the Leading Interests of California and the Pacific Coast. 


San Francisco, Cal., Saturday, January 30, 1909 

No. 5 

TISER is printed and published every Saturday by the Proprietor, Fred- 
erick Marriott. 773 Market St., San Francisco, Cal. Tel. Temporary 3594. 
Entered at San Francisco. Cal., Post-office as second class mail matter. 

New York Office — (where information may be obtained regarding sub- 
scriptions and advertising) — 206 Broadway. C. C. Murphy, representative. 
London Office— 30 Cornhill, E. C, England. George Street & Co. 

All social items, announcements, mining, commercial and financial 
news notes, advertisements or other matter intended for publication in 
the current number of the NEWS LETTER AND CALIFORNIA ADVER- 
TISER, should be sent to the office not later than Thursday morning. 

Who said rain ? 

These rains have been slightly persistent. 

— «-We wish the Iatesi American countess all the good luck 
that those that have ventured in such enterprise before tier failed 
to get. 

Judging by recent testimony, it is pretty well established 

that but few criminal lawyers have reputation enough to make 
a blanket For a pug dog. 

Again the unwritten law 1ms triumphed. Would it not 

be ii good idea to write thai law oul in full, so thai the publie 
may know whal H really means? 

They will break two thousand bottles of champagne 

againsi the sides of the Delaware al Hie launching. Such a waste 
iif line vintage should please the prohibitionists. 

There is nothing the mailer with the Direcl Primary law. 

proposed. The trouhle lies in its promoters. Reformers with a 
hidden purpose and Sore-Head politicians always look suspicious 

In tile public. 

Mrs. Dominis, former Queen of Hawaii. asks Hint Con- 
gress give her $250,000 to reimburse her for (lie loss of the 
Crown lands. It's little enough to give her, and Congress should 
hasten to do so. 

1V1 us have a ship Bubsidy of such size that American com- 
merce «ill sweep the seas of all other craft. We can afford to 
do it, even if we do noi believe in the subsidy idea. When you 
swat, swal hard ! 

Mr. Tafl has won the South with his smile. All the South 

ever wants is fair and common-sense treatment The South 
knows its own diseases host. Imagine the South legislatin 
lie' California Japo-phobes and exclusion maniacal 

Politics makes strange bedfellows. Thai"- why Grove 

Johnson ami Leaviti of Alameda are si >ing in i m rnger full 

of Emeryville louts and crooks. When they emerge they will 
he found wanting- and scratching. It is inevitably 

Despite lit,' croakers, the Canal ^»'- righl on in the exca- 
vating. The Calun dam has stood the worst trial it has 
had. and nol gone out. and the presumption is that the hi:: ditch 
will he finished ID lime. That is the way the army works. 

It should he an object lesson to tin' public ami to the 

legislators thai the Governor is righl in advocating good roads 
ami a liberal continuing expendi n some of onr b 

highways arc little more than mud lake< and stream-. 


It should he recorded, ami go down in history, that the 

Poraker and Tillman rests on letters written by 
•Ives. Of course, no criminal i- • do this kind of 

thing, but those two really did give Hie evidence "ii which they 
were pilloried. 

' The T'ni - - of the Tillman 

stripe, are still trying to forget that they had at one tint. 
tained an intention of impeaching R v r °rv 

\o1t. and they are askinsr him what struck 
him. and if he thinks the other barrel is loaded with bird shot 
or old nails and rustv slnfrs? 

Some one with a grain of sense bey I thai of a ground 

hoy might suggest that the big delta country could he easily 
protected from overflow by artificial lateral channels, to be tilled 
only in case the water rose beyond a certain level. "Experience 
does it'* is not true in California. 

The anarchists are practicing shooting up in the air. 

King Alphonso has just bought a Wright aeroplane. II is not 
known in Madrid if it is for the purpose of getting away from 
his mother-in-law or if he purchased the empyrean express be- 
cause of the bomb-throwers. 

Carrie Nation has been arrested abroad. It is perfectly 

safe to assume that the Government will not make strenuous 
efforts lo have the virago released. However, there is something 
in the constitution which says that protection must he given 

even lo our meanest citizens. 

-Senator Kern ami Tom Taggarf have been beaten by 

whal the redoubtable Kern says was the most despicable sort of 
double dealing. As, il is said, the gentlemen mentioned always 
play with rrfarked cards at French Lick, they should not kick 
when their opponents steal the pack. 

There is one- thing about Roosevelt that outweighs the 

facl that he cats villi his knife and lucks a napkin under his 
chili when he feeds! He knows how lo handle thai hunch of 
special pleaders and road agents in the House and Senate, usu- 
ally railed Congressmen and Senators. 

It is astonishing how I he Legislator, supposed lo repre- 
sent the people, really represents special interests. Senator 
l.eavitt, of Oakland, has an idea that In- represents a linn id' 
printers of handbooks on the races. Senator .Johnson represents 
hi. old kind of an obstructing corporation^ desiring lo prevenl 
legislation tending to improve the social condition. 

"Glo the new fad in Germany. It i<said that 

an expert glossoli without a single 

chance of error, by merely looking ai your tongue for two min- 
utes. It is in order that some one import one of the new cult 

io look a! it:. of one Grove Johnson, of Sacramento. The 

revelation of various semi-hidden ami hidden taints would 
the flesh en 

Distinctly, we thought that we beard some one say rain! 

h is quite e npathize with Noah after forty days of this 

kind of thin;:. No wonder he imbibed to a most disgraceful o\- 
icnt. Imagine being cooped up in an ark with melling 

or that period of time. It's a wonder the whole family did 
not go on a hat. and veil for thi 

md ifirls and the old lady that they did not do 

threw an __ Senator Jefferson Davis, of 

Arkansas. The miscreant was tin.d one dollar by a justice be- 
fore whom he .. I answer for the crime 
Tt'- an inej irt, and it should he encoui 
At one dollar a throw and eggs - -ty cents, it would cosl but 

elp out 
the Emeryville crimes factory, know the popula n they 

are held in by honest Califomians. 

A new explanation of th 

i <; ladies npared 

place in a factory at twice th' ' -'• [l 

•ted that the factor 

hat an employee does one paltrv task without vari.T 

work makes it pre i 
11 spite of the paltrv wage. This m. agine 

that the opportunity afforded in to make the acquaint- 

- ■■ • - nds of all • 

in the choice. 

In the Fullness 

or Time. 

It was to be expected that the organs 
of the Spreekels cabal, reflecting the 
weird blend of their masters' as- 
sumed virtue and vindietiveness, 
would halt at nothing in misrepresenting every step of the trial 
of Patrick Calhoun. The trial was deferred for twenty months 
to suit the Spreckels-Phelan plans and the plots of their agents. 
The psychological moment would not arrive. The agents lost 
groundj the public lost confidence, and. indeed, interest, and the 
principals lost hope. Then, just as public patience was exhausted 
and Mayor Taylor had appointed a commission — which seems to 
hare been lost in (he subsequent shuffle — to inquire into the eon- 
duct of the graft prosecution, there occurred a lamentable inci- 
dent which, however, proved to be the greatest stroke of fortune 
that could have happened to the prosecution. Mr. Honey, who 
had been talking and acting "gun-plays" for many months, was 
shot by a crazed assassin. Mr. Henev. however, happily speedily 
recovered, and his would-be assassin had promptly killed himself. 
This "transaction," as Judge Lawlor termed it to the Ruef jury. 
entirely changed the fortunes of the prosecution. By crafty 
manipulation, unscrupulous misrepresentation and cowardly in- 
sinuation, the prosecution succeeded in creating large capital for 
itself. Criticism and condemnation of the prosecution abated, 
and a tumult of enthusiasm for Spreekels and his "cause" was 
agitated. All of which was not unnatural in this sensation-loi ing 
community of extremists. We do nothing by halves in San 
Francisco. A man in the public eve either is a hero or a scoun- 
drel — only we do not use such parliamentary terms. 

Now that the prosecution has at last 
Disqualified Talesmen, "accommodated" Patrick Calhoun 

with a (rial, it must be very disap- 
pointing to thi/ virtuous-vindictive to realize that the president of 
the United Railroads cannot be tried like a chicken thief. Despite 
Mr. Heney's hero-martyrdom, there must even yel be some limit 
lo Mr. Burns's activities in investigating jurors and selecting 
them to his taste: even yet all Mr. Heney's \ iolent outbreaks and 
mis-conduct in court cannot be extolled, and once already his 
Honor, Judge Lawlor. so favorably predisposed to the Prosecu- 
tion's cause as to be regarded as a friend and brother, has ven- 
tured gently to reprimand the hem-martyr assistant prosecutor, 
and admonish him to moderate his tone in examining a recalci- 
trant juror. Moreover, there are still to be found even in the 
most carefully selected venires some talesmen who cannot purge 
themselves of distrust of the immunity-bought supervisors, 
though they were long ago sanctified by the grace of Spreekels 
and most of them have been "good dogs" ever since. Of course, 
in the eyes of the Prosecution, which has subordinated the scheme 
of simple justice to its passionate desire I'"!- conviction, any tales- 
man — and there have been scores of them — who ventures to ex- 
press any friendly feeling or admiration I'm- Patrick Calhoun, is 
challenged, but it is incomprehensible to the dispassionate ob- 
server why the court should so readily endorse such chal 
Moreover, a talesman disqualifies himself, according to tin 
ment of the court, if he admits that he will view the testimony 
of the immunity-bought Supervisors with distrust, and will re- 
quire corroboration of their testimony before In will accept it. 
This determination on Judge Lawlor'? pari is directly contrary 
to his instructions to jurors in previous trials, ami the law is 
explicit as to the acceptance of the testimony of "accomplices," 
which is the position of the Supervisors if the 'th<. prose- 

cution can he sustained. 

Although these two "opinions" on 
Kind of Jrnor.s "Wanted, the part of veniremen have been the 

main stumbling block in the way of 
securing a juror during the first two weeks ,, trial 

and this stumbling block has been interposed by the prosecution 

ami sanctioned by the court, it is the defendant and his eounsel 
who have been pilloried by the Spreekels press for their "ob- 
structive tactics." and they are held responsible for the delay. 
Citizen after citizen would have qualified if he had not expressed 
one or other, or hofh. of these opinions, and if the court had 
not ratified the prosecution's challenge against such men, a 
"fair and impartial" jury might have been secured from the first 
three hundred talesmen. What, then, does the prosecution want . 
And what is (he court anxious for the prosecution to have? It 
is evident that to qualify as a juror for the Calhoun trial, a 
talesman must have im opinion at all concerning Calhoun, bis 
personality or his attitude in the last street car strike, and it i- 
also evident that he must not express distrust of the testimony 
io he given by the immunity-bought Supervisors. Therefore, il 
is the prosecution's desire, and its consummation is being made 
possible by the court's rulings, that the jury to try Calhoun tnusl 
be composed nf men who have formed no opinion concerning the 
man who has played the most dominant part in San Francisco 
during the affairs nf the last two years, and of men who also 
musi he prepared to accept the testimony of Gallagher and his 
crew without question. The net result of this will be, if a jury 
- ever secured, thai it will be composed of men who either have 
no intelligence or who are deliberately concealing it under ex- 
amination. Patrick Calhoun, under the law, is entitled to trial 
by a jury of bis peers. It does no! seem possible that, with the 
similarity of views entertained by the prosecution and the court, 
Mr. Calhoun will ever be granted such a jury. As we have pre- 
viously remarked, justice is mi trial in San Francisco every whit 
as much as is Patrick Calhoun. 

Was See Calling 
Our Bluff? 

Japan gave Admiral Sperry's Bee! 

a magnificent reception, over which 

the United Slates exulted, bul there 

was one feature of it. by no means a 

little one. which seems to have been entirely overlooked in this 

country. At least, Americans seem not to have appreciated its 

very patent significance. 

It was this: As Sperry's fleet entered the harbor of Yoko- 
hama, it was greeted by an imposing Japanese fleet, which es- 
corted it to the anchorage and anchored beside it. Was it en- 
tirely a manifestation of the glad hand when each American ship 
had by her side a Japanese ship of equal power, with a few 
more hanging around as a sort of overflow escort? 

Was there not a neat, if not plain, statement in this thai 
Japan was equal hi us. ship for ship? And ready for us? 

Sperry's Heel \\ :i~ rceeivoil hy a Heel .,1' really superior I'mve, 
Xo notice nf this has been laken by (he American press or pub- 
lic. Was Japan calling our bluff? 

Why has not the local daily press 
Called to Attention. taken notice of the recenl annual re- 
port of the Surgeon-Genera] of the 
Army, in which attention has been called to the fact that the 
admission-to-sick-lisi and non-effective rates in the service 
for the pasl year were in the Departmenl of California? Score 

one re I'm- ihe Ih. Men We.;, ami lei the Promotion Cnmmitlee 

take notice. This is additional evidence of California'- pre-emi- 
nence as a health resort. 

Want Life 
Saving Stations. 

The Pacific Coast has developed <<( 
its own accord, in spile of the hin- 
drance of the Federal Government, 
which has persistently aeglected the 
Wesl for the benefit of the East. Example: <>n the Atlantic and 
Gulf coasts there are 20] life-saving stations; on the Greal 
Lakes 61; on the Pacific Coast, 18. What is the anf 

■ Iamaiiv 30, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 

The Stall ontia will revoke the licetise of this mm him-. The convicts, suiddei isls, prostitutes and 

martyrs "ill mil have lived in ruin. .1 few Senators in the Stale Legislature have made a last stand to protect this machine \<>r 
the making of money from the tears of women, flu- mental tortures of nan. and the sufferings <>f little children. 

To attempt to deny pensions to the Firsl Battalion of 

California Volunteers, on the ground that they • 1 i • I not aid in 
the suppression of the rebellion, is a silly piece 
While these men 1 1 i « 1 not take part in any of the battles of the 
they nevertheless performed military service and actually 
did aid the Government in maintaining order in California. 
which, without them, might have been the s 
Thousands of troops wore kepi on duty in New Fork and other 

er fired. 
in the suppression of the rebellion, and receive | 
should the Californians. 

There's a petition circulating in town to combat the pro- 

[iosed Sunday law. To San Francisco, Sundaj is the d 

■ lavs. Every man and woman should sign this petition. Why 
put the city in mourning? There is no law compelling a man 
rve the day by not going to church. Why should he be 
..impelled to lose the reereation and pleasure so needful to him? 
All these things should he optional. "'Of course." poop 

Sunday law will not mow about 

that, lis advocates are working 

of its failure ti But in the meantim 

petition is going around. Don't fail to sign it ! 

San Francisco News Letter 

January 30, 1909. 

The following item clipped from the 
In Justice News Letter of last week is made 

to the Police. the subject of a communication from 

the Chief of Police. The communi- 
cation is cheerfully published. The chief's letter shows that the 
sympathy siren such creatures is wasted. Also, it is shown that 
the man' Horr, or Hawcs. lied with the most beautiful effrontery 
when lie told the story of wrongs inflicted upon him by the law's 
minions : 

"The other day a man told me that he was arrested for speak- 
ing on the street. When taken to jail he was "sweated" by the 
police, but- refused to give his name. Then a sergeant named 
Coogan began to beat him. He further says the "third degree" 
means putting a lighted lamp under the victim's feet, so he has 
heard. The man's name is Hawes, and lives on Golden Gate near 
Fillmore. He has sued Coogan. Can these things be! What 
protection has one whom the police wish to abuse? What re- 
course has he? Certainly such crimes should be investigated and 
the perpetrator punished. The man told a straightforward tale, 
and I have no doubt he spoke the truth. Have we a torture 
chamber in our Hall of Justice?" 

San Francisco News Letter, 

No. 77;,' Market Street. City. 

Dear Sir — I enclose herewith clipping from the San Francisco 
News Letter of January 23, 1909, in relation to a man named 
"Hawes," who claims to have been beaten and otherwise ill- 
treated in the city prison by Sergeant Coogan, who has charge 
of the prison. I have had this matter thoroughly investigated, 
and find that there is no ground for the charge and that he has 
not told the truth. 

In the first place, he lied when he said his name was Hawcs. 
His name is Alexander Horr, an Anarchist, and is now confined 
in the Alameda County jail awaiting examination by the Federal 
authorities as to whether or not he shall be deported. He was 
arrested on December 22. 1908, while making a speech on the 
street in which he was denouncing the Government of the United 
States in all its forms. When brought to the Bush street station 
by the police officers who arrested him. he refused to give his 
name, and was booked as "John Doe" on the Record of Arrests. 

The next morning when the prisoners were being taken to 
court, he again refused to give his name, and was ordered to the 
office of the prison for the purpose of questioning him. He re- 
fused to go, and acted in such a boisterous manner that it was 
necessary for the officers to force him. He still refused, and 
they had to actually carry him to the court room, where he was to 
be tried. 

He was not ill-treated in any way, and, as far as "sweating" 
and administering the "Third Degree," by putting a lighted lamp 
under the victim's feet, we have never heard of such things in (be 
prison, and no such thing has ever occurred. 

This man Horr is the head of the local anarchists and a friend 
of Fmma Goldman and Ben Beithman, who are now awaiting 
trial in the Police Court for violating Section 407 of the Penal 
Code or this State. 

Before his arrest by the Federal authorities, he conducted a 
small book store on Golden Gate avenue, where he displayed for 
sale all kinds of anarchistic literature, and which was a sort of 
headquarters for the local anarchists. 

This information is furnished you merely to let you know who 
the man Hawes really is. and how much I ruth there is in his 
statement. Very respesf fully, 

J. P.. Took. Chief of Polrce. 

In the Semite of the State of f'ali- 
Thb Gentlemen fornia there are a number of men 

or the Senate. who pride themselves on the far 

that at home they have a certain in- 
fluence, at least they know that this influence has been sufficient 
to land them in the Senate, and these men seem to lie unaware 
of the fact that they would not remain for an instanl in this 
position if they had not been returned from a rotten machine 
controlled borough or from one that had in its composition a cer- 
tain number of people who had no conception as to the depths of 
degradation into which a representative of ibis kind might 
plunge his constituency! Sacramento is certainly not in favor 
of rare tracks, and yet Mr. Grove Johnson, dean of Legislators 
has Hone every malefic thing thai might be suggested by a vicious 
imagination to delay the legislation against the track 'ami. lei-. 

One Leavitt, of Oakland, is one of the creatures it would lie 
well for the people of California, and especially of Alameda 
County, to remember in this connection, as be, too. has been 
most active in preventing legislation. He has been protecting his 
programme privilege at the race track instead of representing 
his constituents. Then there are the immortal ten disgraces to 
the community of San Francisco, who sits in the Assembly, rep- 
resenting San Francisco. These men should be remembered, ami 
every time their names come up in politics they should be tabooed 
as sternly as though the plague were in them ! 

Nature imitates art — within reasonable limits. The limits 

are defined by the definition of art. Where the art is merely the 
expression of a shallow pretentious personality that lays on the 
brush under an impulse to be different, so as to attract attention, 
nature just smiles contemptuously, and passes by. Critics are 
fooled, nature never. A first-class example of actual fact barking 
the heels of imagination is found in the application of John 
Baptiste Pene of .Mission street for a divorce from his spouse on 
the ground that she has a spirit husband upon whom she lav- 
ishes the love and wifely devotion which, by right of the marriage 
contract, belong to him. Now this presents the ground-work 
of a compelling romance, introducing new elements. Unfortu- 
nately for the would-be romancer, the situation has been antici- 
pated by art. Nature is merely catching up. Justus Miles For- 
man is the medium through which art worked to give expression 
to the situation. And he did it well. His short masterpiece of 
character drawing and presentation of a psychic possibility, he 
calls the Madness of Willie Trent. It is published in the current 
Everybody's Magazine. The fact, story and the fiction parallel 
one another down even to the point of both principals going to 
France to finish their carom-. Willie Trent was a lonesome [ad, 
and an imaginary sweetheart came to him when be used to snug- 
gle under the trees in his mother's old garden. The girl who he- 
came the wealthy Mrs. Pene in the Mission Btreel romance had 
such visitations. Willie Trent married an earthly companion, 
and the exactions of his spiritual mate became bo emphatic that 
his home life became one long horror. The horror of her betrayal 
of her spirit-spouse by Mrs. Pene was so intense that she could 
not be induced to spend more than a few hours under the family 
roof-tree. Says Mr. Pene in his complaint: "At night when the 
voice of the ethereal husband called her, she went out. however 
late. I dogged her footsteps to see no barm came to her. * * * 
She neglected her home. * * * I had to do the housework. 
* * * She was cruel to the children. * * * She bad to obey 
the other one. His wishes were paramount. * * * She was 
never unfaithful to him. * * * " Willie Trent was never un- 
faithful to the wife of bis subliminal self, lie went to her in 
France and died in bis quest of her. The manner of his taking 
off is told in such simple, convincing fashion that it is literature. 
What will be the end of this fact^-story of Mission street? The 
sordid details of a divorce suit? The usual complications arising 
from unpaid alimony? 





No Branch Stores. No Agents. 





When clolhes will permit of big reduttions.their former prices mufl have been aniicipa- 
ted for "sale" occasions or the clothes are not correct. We scrutinize every pattern 
and fabric to put in use every precaution to satisfy our kind of good smart dressers. 
Wedon"t have to cut and slash prices, as our clothes are marked honeslly at first. 
Our clothes values are as good as your money. It's safe to trade where there's no 
price manipulations. 

Jewelers Building, Posl Street, near Kearny, San Francisco 

Jamu.-y 30, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


Human nature, more particularly that of the Eemale per 

suasion, is an unfathomable mystery. The occurrence which 
gives rise to this trite reflection happened on a street car last 
week, when a lady, with whom I am acquainted, stepped on and 
took a seat a few feet away. Now, I am not particularly engaged 
in watching whether or no my fellow passengers pay their fare, 
but when the conductor asked this fair traveler for her nickel, 
and she replied in sharply indignant tones, "I gave you my fare 
three blocks further down, sir!" 1 sat up and took notice. Her 
air of injured remonstrance u r as admirable, and had I not been 
absolutely certain that she was doing a piece of most excellent 
acting to avoid parting with five cents, T should have sympathized 
with her, and mentally, if not vocally, characterized the conduc- 
tor as a cabbage head. That poor man hesitated a moment and 
l ben passed on. The gallantry which is inherent even in street 
car conductors forbade him from insisting to the contrary, even 
though he endangered his position by thus allowing himself to 
be, in plain terms, "buncoed." In the, meantime, my interest 
was aroused. I was fully aware that the prevaricator was a lady 
whose continued physical existence did not depend on the reten- 
tion of nickels belonging to the United Railroads. By what mys- 
terious psychological process, t thought, docs she justify herself 
in appearing as a falsifier in the eyes of the conductor and her 
immediate fellow passengers for the sake of five cents? This 
lady, in mallei's of great moment, is no doubt scrupulously hon- 
est. She would be shocked at the idea of not paying tier trades- 
men's bills, and is probably horrified at the daily reports of ab- 
sconders and trusted employees who have "gone wrong." And 
yet — well, I give it up. I am satisfied, however, that many of 
the sex, by some strange process of reasoning, or whatever you 
may call it, lake a pleasure in such paltry chicanery, ami feel a 
glow of self-satisfaction whenever they succeed in il. After the 
Fair passenger had alighted I improved the occasion to exchange 
a. U'\v words with the conductor. Satisfying him that I had no 

designs on bis tenure of the position, I asked him whether he was 

aware thai the lady who bad so indignantly protested bad iml 

paid her fare. 

"Of course 1 Has." came 1 he reply, "bill am I to do in 
such cases? I have them on almost every (rip. 'The lady knew 

well thai the other passengers would not take pan against her if 

I insisted on being paid. You noticed the occurrence, yet I d 

remember heating you saying a word. [ can handle a man who 
tries that game, but a lady passenger has ii on me everj time, 

and if thej are too mean to pay. then I am not going to make a 

scone ami insist on ii. even though I get lircd as a result." 

Mere man. ii must be admitted, doe- things on :i larger scale 
lie who can squeeze bis nickel, and. boldly looking the condui 
in the face, assure him that be ha raid his fate when 

other passengers know thai he has not, is the exception. The 
immaculate nerve necessary to carry such a bald-faced denial to 
a successful denouement for the sal cents is lacking in 

the male character. \\ not mean to insinuate thai 

the same man. if in the course of a business deal, he sees an op- 
portunity lo take advantage, him neglect it. Not a bit of it. Bui 
he is incapable of expending a dollar's worth of gall to avoid the 
disbursemenl ot a nickel. 

Jack London in one of hi- hooks characterized Battling 

\clsiin. a bruiser who iias achieve, I fam •>( his capacity 

assimilating blows thai would kill an ox, as an "ah\ - 
brute." The abysmal brute, however, has become an author 

liself, and informs an anxious world that be appreciates the 

subtle shade ot meaning existing between the adjectives notorious 
ami famous. l'.\ wa\ of illustration, he tells us that while Jack 
London is notorious, William Shakespeare is "anions. How is 
that for a literary knockout:- If Mr. London is wise, howi 
be will not attempt to vindicate himself when be returns from 
rn among the cannibals by tackling the abysmal brute on 

ould be thi 
cipienl of a walloping at once famous and notorious. 

"Whal do I « i in war!-" demanded Colonel Wil- 

helm, of the Governor's Btaff and San dose. The clerk in the 
Sacramento Hold trembled, but offered no comment. "1 repeal 
n; question," -> reamed the Colonel, and his gold lace trimming 
fairrj shivered. As if to add to the horrors of the impending 
engagement between the clerk and the gold hue. aides-de-camp 

Delmater and Holtum, also of the Gover ''s si air and San Jo e 

-cowled in the background. Their teeth were set, they looked the 
dogs of war they pretended. "If the swords are not returned be- 
fore sundown," insisted the Colonel, the boom of cannon in bis 
voice, bivouacs, forced marches, general engagements showing ill 

his whole attitude, "you will be court-martialed!" The Colonel 
stalked through the rotunda, followed by his grim-visaged aides 

from San Jose, their heels clanking on the floor like the constant 
heat of hoofs in the third act of "Shenandoah." The clerk 
crawled from behind the desk. Tremblingly he sought the pro- 
prietor and announced the fate in store for him unless the three 
swords worn by the men of battle when they first came lo Sacra- 
mento were restored. Then the hotel was ransacked. Every bell- 
hop was pressed into service. Finally one of them let out a war- 
whoop, and clattered down, stairs with the three military bread- 
cutters at his heels. He had found them under the bed in the 
Colonel's room. Explanations were substituted for the court 
martial. It seems that the tire-eaters from the prune belt, ever 
anxious to impress the lovers of puling peace, wore their load- 
stickers to the capital, but also unwilling to encounter the rail- 
lery of the Governor if they wore their implements of war in his 
presence, they decided lo hide (be swords until their conference 
should be over. Where better lo avoid discovery for their beloved 
regulation tooth-picks than between the mattresses? A lapse in 
memory resulting from the visit to Governor Gillett is responsi- 
ble for the rest. It may be said, in passing, that the three war- 
riors are now dodging Fame's well-baked and finely-molded 

Anna, the irrepressible Anna, is al if again. She still 

calls herself Strunsky. though she did annex a Willing or a Wall- 
ing — it may be a "Wailing. However, here she is. Emma (lohl- 
nian is another rung of the ladder she is climbing to reach that. 
doubtful thing, notoriety. Her sympathy for the Goldman rag 
and bone and bank of hair is no deeper I ban her culture, and 
that is as shallow as her personality. With a line disregard of 
the fate that would await the advent of liw thousand dollars 
among some of (be poor cripples here thai loaned the money for 
her husband-bunting trip among the easj marks on the fringe 
of the revolutionary movement, she says that that amount will 
be sent forthwith to liberate the Goldman virago. Like every- 
thing involving the jingling stuff, where any of the Strunsky 
clan is concerned, there was nothing doing. Free speech, free 

thought, fi love, is the socialist's creed, so it makes copy, but 

no separation from the thing that buys bread and hues attorney 

Announce that they are 
now holding their Great 
Clearance Sale in all de- 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 30, 1909. 

Looker On 


Hearst has a new hived man. Formerly 
this literary maid-of-aU-work used to sub- 
stitute commas I'm- letters by way of ex- 
pressing art as met, fare to i'aee. in Ari- 
zona, and made thereby, among those who 
know nothing of Arizona, somewhat of a 
reputation as a writer of Western stones. 

How much more enduring his reputi 

would have been as exhibit "A" — the man 
with the iron jaw — in some freak museum, 
is not a matter for speculation among the 
intelligent, Alfred Henry writes philo- 
sophically, with the heel of a cowhide 

I t. ti is even asserted that he uses the 

same implement to think with. One of 
his baled generalizations, apparently paid 
for by the ton, like baled merchandise, is 
(o the effect that the people of any given 
section of the community let their 

thoughts flow down the streams that drain their country. 
By way of an illustration, lie cites the city ■•!.' Pittsburg as find- 
ing intellectual stimulus in New Orleans; Memphis intellectual 
enjoyment in Biloxi, and oilier notable centers of civilization 
satisfaction of the culturine baccili in Kokomo, Ind., because the 
Chicago Drainage (anal was originally planned by the .engineers 
to drain that section. By the same process of pulling the Saf- 
fron Hued editor's leg. one could couch his contribution in semi- 
philosophical garb, and say that the inhabitants of New Orleans 
let their thoughts flow down stream and found excuse for their 
being on some Florida Key. New Yorkers, by the same process 
of alleged reasoning, should let their thoughts flow through Hell 
Gate; the imprisoned natives of Chicago through the afore- 
mentioned Drainage Canal. San Franciscans should send their 
thought waves helter-skelter through the blue until they alighted 
like so many albatross, reaching for the trades, on. the Farallones. 
No Ally, leaving cow-hollow philosophy aside and considering 
the facts as you would consider other facts, you will lind that we 
have a habit in this country of allowiug our thoughts to flow 
along two streaks of rust and a right of way. Taking the chief 
buttress of your theory, Ally, and applying any method of in- 
vestigation you wish, you will find that not one Pittsburger, hav- 
ing sufficient pull with Fate to escape from thai center of soot 
and grime, ever heads for New Orleans, where you allege bis 
thoughts naturally How. If they did. what would be the tale of 

sensation-loving New York? 

* * * 

From time to time, 1 have called attention to contemptible, 
petty grafts of certain tradesmen. I have discovered another, h 
is the lamp-wick graft. The lamp-wicks of our forebears were 
long, full-measure affairs, coiled up at the bottom of the lamp 
when first put in, and allowing ample play for turning up with 
consumption. The graft wick is so short thai even when new 
it barely reaches the bottom of the lamp, if at all. It has very 
little reserve length even with a fairly full lamp. Of course, 
this means that you must buy more wicks, for even if the total 
length of six of the new wicks is equal to one of the old, iheir 
separation conduces to loss of efficiency, as well as to exaspera- 
tion. Away with the short wick. Give us the long wick of our 
ancestors for our country homes. 

* * * 

Secretary Newberry has recommended that Congress at its 
present session provide for four new scout cruisers. Congress 
should do nothing of the kind. All the money appropriated Eor 
increase of the navy should go into battleships and torpedo i rati. 
We can get the best kind of scouts from a properly encouraged 
merchant marine and other auxiliary vessels as well. The spec-, 
ially built scout cruisers Birmingham. Chester and Salem are 
failures. They have less speed than foreign armored cruisers, 
and are structurally weak as well. They were a great mistake, 
which should not be repeated. By encouraging our merchant 
marine, the speediest kind of steamers, always up to date and in 
prime condition, will be ever ready for the use of tb de- 

partment as scouts in time of war'. We want no specially buitl 
scout cruisers. We want line, swil'i new merchant steamers. 




several handsome pieces of em- 
broidery that were embroidered 
with Richardson's Wash Silks 
which had been on the road w'th 
teachers, DISPLAYED in shop 
windows. HANDLED by hund- 
reds of people,and the result was in 
every respect SATISFACTORY. 
I shall instruct all my teachers 
to use PEARLINE in cleansing 
I their samples of embroidery." 


The total foreign money order business transacted in Oxnard, 
a beet growing center in Southern California, in llie year L908 

was $42,339.50, all of which, with the exception of the paltry 

sum of $983.12, was scut to Japan. These figures show a slate 
of affairs thai is grave enough to justify the most strenuous op- 
position i" thi admission of any more of the industrious little 
brown men. No country, not even the United States, can stand 
SUCh a continual drain as would result wrrv races like the Japan- 
5e given admission to its domains. Oxnard is a small place. 
There is one heel SUgar factory there. Yet over $41,000 is 
transferred from there in Japan every year. That $41,000, dis- 
tributed aiming Caucasian laborers, would eventually lind its 
way into the channels of trade, whereas, under the present con- 
ditions, ii is practically destroyed as far as Oxnard merchants are 
ci trned. Notwithstanding (he earnest endeavor of the Jap- 
anese to become Americanized, it is demonstrated beyond possi- 
bility of refutation that the two races cannot li\e together. \~ 

trans-Pacific friends and commercial connections, we may be of 

mutual assistance to each other. As next door neighbors, asso- 
ciating on intimate terms, the Japanese are impossible. 

* * * 

From a source which appears to be authoritative, I learn that 
it is llie present intention of the Navy Department that tic lour 

In- 20, -loll battleships Delaware, North Dakota. Utah and 

Florida, together with four more of similar type for which Con- 
gress ha- been asked this winter, will lie stationed permanently 

in the Pacific Ocean. Such a squadron, composed of eight of the 
most powerful battleships afloat, will give the Pacific the equiva- 
lent of sixteen battleships — some say twenty-four — of the older 

type represented in the fleet of Admiral Sperry, which recently 
visited US. In other words, the navy's best ships will be in the 

* * * 

A revivalist with a keen appreciation of the value of advertis- 
ing has caused handbills to be distributed ant neing that 1200 

e.irls are immured in the slums of San Francisco. The man of 
(bid, if he also be a man of the world, knows very well that such 
is not the case. Such dime museum methods are contemptible, 

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and California Advertiser 

and but serve to lower the estimate in which their originators 
■ Id. ["he plain, respectable citizen values as a mosi pro ions 
lis reputation for truthfulness and honesty, bul this would- 
iformer is evidently not in need of such an a 
It. is not necessary to misrepresenl conditions in anj large 
riiy in Christendom in order to paint an appalling word pic- 
I an of things as the} are in the lower levels of civilization. When, 
however, a speaker who. by reason of his occupation, should be 
more than usually careful to ascertain the facts, gives publicity 
to a harangue thai over a thousand women are detained againsl 
their will in dens of iniquity, he is either a sensational prevari- 
cator or an unsophisticated fool. 

* * * 

1 picked iqi a little book entitled, "Advanced Thoughl 
Poems," the ether day, and dug out of its interior the follow- 
ing precious gem : 

"I kissed you then with tongue on tongue. 

A kiss that stung, 

That burned our lips while passion young, 

The plea it flung: 

Come closer love, Love, LOVE, until 

We feel the wild eestatie thrill, 

Of Heaven's rapture that can fill. 

All Hell's abyss, 

The Lover's kiss." 

Before the scintillating brilliance of this poetic diamond the 
brightest gem ever found in the Ella Wheeler mine appeals dull 
and lustreless. The individual who can read that effusion twice 
without feeling an ecstatic desire to lambaste somebody is proof 
against the appeal of Advanced Thought. The poet certainly 
means something, but what it is, passeth human understanding. 
Again, to take another tack, as the sailor says: If the Wilcox 
productions are poems of passion, this is a poem of paroxysm. 
Wonder why Hearst has not annexed (his erotic rhymer, in place 
of the plagiarist who stole "Laugh and the world laughs with 

* * * 

The court martial of Commander Armistead liust, U. S. N., 
for permitting his vessel, (lie "Hist," to run ashore in Delaware 
Hay, is in line with the policy of the American navy, which re- 
quires a thorough investigation of everj mishap of this charac- 
ter. Commander Rust is an accomplished officer, and his naviga- 
tion eannot have been affected by any had habits, as he is 
well-nigh a total abstainer. Without doubt, the stranding of 
the Hist was due to one of those errors in judgmenl that oxer- 
take many excellent nai igators. 

* * * 

It is slrange that the Pacific Coast men of means should he 
so slightly interested in (hose excellent diversions, ocean yachting 
and mid-winter country house parties. They Beem to stick close 
to the citj all the time, going to their country houses, as a gen- 
eral thing, only in the slimmer. Our mav eoimt mi one's fingers 

il eean-going sum in yachts owned on the Pacific Coast 5Te1 

both of the diversions named are ideal for men. and women, too, 

of elegant tastes and fondness for comforl and amusement. 

* * * 

Decent workingnieii cannot expect much sympathy in 
industrial troubles when they permil themselves to be dominated 
by such rowdies as the alien Richard Cornelius, erstwhili 
of the Carmen's Union. Cornelius and his fellow agitators, it 
seems, disgruntled at their over* il in 1907, 

been amusing themselves insulting the present employees of the 
United Railroads. Union labor will never have the respect of 
the community as long as il puts such creatures in office. 

* * * 

The cocktail minus the cherry or the stuffed olive is a poor 
affair, after all. California producers need not worry themselves 
excessively over the recent decree of the Eastern mixo 

nl accompaniments shall be discontinued, for, 

after all. it is the absorber who constitutes the court of lasi 

and the discriminating absorboT will demand his cherry 

dive just the same. If hi , he will lake his 

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San Francisco News Letter 

.1 VNUARY 30, 1909. 

Russia's Position. Russia has finally given official ex- 

pression of her position on the Aus- 
tria-Balkan question, but it is not clear, much less reassuring. 
Russian diplomacy is noted for its double meaning, and in the 
note of the foreign departmeni to Austria directly, and to the 
powers indirectly, there is a conspicuous absence of directness as 
to where the nation will be found later on as the situation de- 
velops new features. The burden of the note is directed to the 
importance of preserving the territorial integrity of the Balkan 
Sialcs as a "balance of power," bui just what is meant by "bal- 
ance of power" is a mystery, I'm- never before have those States 
been considered of enough political importance or numerical 
strength to play such a part in the affairs of Europe. There is 
an implied willingness that Austria shall hold onto Bosnia ami 
Herzegovina, but between the lines one finds no difficulty in see- 
ing a great many loopholes for a very different meaning. The 
"note" is nol at all satisfactory to any of the powers, the more 
bo because the Berlin Treaty of 1878 is spoken of in the lighl of 
a new interpretation of its meaning relative to the independence 
nf the States lying between Austria-Hungary and Turkey in 
Europe, anil tliis new interpretation may be considered from sev- 
eral points as to (be kind nf a game Russia is playing. It may 
mean that in certain eventualities Russia would support Austria's 
schemes in the Balkans: in certain other eventualities she would 
oppose them, and if certain other events should transpire she 
would espouse the cause of Turkey. But the "note" as a whole, 
while appealing for a peaceful adjustment of the difficulty, ex- 
poses the real aim of Ifussia, which is to mystify the parlies 
directly in interest, namely, Austria, the Balkan Stales and 'tur- 
key, until their several positions arc defined, when I be ( will 
announce bis policy, which is sure in be pro-Turkey in order to 
secure Dardanelles concessions and railway privileges in Asia 

Montenegro, backed by Italy, whose 
Autonomy Demanded. Queen is the daughter of the ruling 

Prince of Montenegro, announces 
that her people will resist Austrian invasion with all the military 

force il can command, ami continue in (be field so long as ail 

able-bodied man is left to handle a gun. This ami Servia's ap- 
parent purpose to force Austria to declare war againsi her lias 
so emboldened Bosnia and Herzegovina that they have, undoubt- 
edly under Turkish influence, practically announced thai unless 

the powers guarantee them c plete autonomy, though under 

Austrian rule, they will resist Austria with all the force thej can 
command. Already an offensive ami defensive agreement between 

these Iwo Stales and Servia as to Austria has been consummated 
with Montenegro ready to join the combine should events justify 
such a move. Without any effort to conceal the fact. Servia has 
recently imported 5,000 cavalry horses from Ifussia, and orderfi 
are out for several thousand more, ami what is significanl is, 
that Russian cavalry officers are passing upon the quality ami 
fitness of horses under inspection for service in the mountain 
passes of Servia. Nevertheless, war v be averted. The Her- 
man masses are rapidly losing tbeir enthusiasm over i be Kaiser's 
Austria-Germany scheme to force the Balkan region ami march 
through Turkey to the Aegean Sea. They are now looking at 
the expedition from the viewpoint of the probable cost in human 
lives and money; France and England are renewing their efforts 
to persuade Austria to grant concessions to (tie two captured 
Balkan States, and the sentiment for a conference of the bowers 
to re-arrange the Berlin treaty is growing, but the first cause of 
the trouble still remains, and the situation is just as alarming as 

it was six months ago, with the weather in the Baikal nlains 

rapidly preparing In invite the tramp of armies 

Foolish Agitation. 

The capitals of Europe are need- 
lessly agitated over the silly mouth- 
togs of the American ' political 

blatherskite, known as the jingo orator ami labor union 

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conflagration broke out in the California Legislature, ami soon 
spread to the throats and tongues of buncombe talkers all over 
the country. The same fire-eating element in Japan is trying 

its best lo fan the coals into a disastrous Maine, but no sensible 

man in the United states or in Japan is countenancing the move- 
ment. If the diplomatists of Europe as well as those of Japan 

knew the A rican political and labor union jawsinilb a- (veil 

as we of this country know 1 1 i in, they would know that be lives 
by In- wits, and makes bis bread and butter out of the misfor- 
tunes of the people which be imposes upon iliein by gross misrep- 
resentations of existing conditions. Nevertheless, just at this 
time he is doing a great deal of mischief, and it would not be 

impossible for him to fan (be little spark, which be created anil 

is nursing, into a disastrous conflagration. Japan and the 
United States have just completed negotiations for a treaty 
which will operate to -til! further establish ami maintain com- 
mercial and industrial ami transportation relations between the 

two I pies by which great and lasting benefits will accrue in all 

the people of this nation. In fact, the far East is the only field 
iii the Orient for extensive trade expansion, but we cannot trade 
with those people ami deny tlieui courteous treatment ur refuse 

to recognize their lnani d. A treaty, whatever its purpose ma] 

be. i> based upon full ami complete recognition of the law of in- 
terdependence, and if we. as a nation, attempt to plaj fasl am! 
loose with Japan, we may be ^uvv that We shall gel I be worst of 

it, ami it is this feature of the alleged trouble that European 

diplomatists are watching. They nor any other sensible men 
would think for a moment that Japan could or would attempt to 
invade the United Slates proper, but they know as we should 
know that a Japanese army corps and a squadron of battleships 
could take ami bold the Philippines and Hawaiian Islands with 
little or no los> in men or sliijis. Let us be sensible ami increase 
our trade ami commerce rather than destroy what we hat 

The new home of the Vienna Cafe ami Bakery, at 139 

Ellis street, gains in popularity every day. Situated in the heart 
of the business district, it is the ideal place for luncheon. The 
rich, juicy steaks of the Vienna are famous, and the excellence 
of its pastry is universally known. The old place at 101 I Van 
Ness avenue is still conducted in the same excellent fashion as 
before and retains its discriminating patronage. 

-The high art Japanese exhibit in the Marsh's new Japan- 
ese rooms al Hotel Fairmont, is well worth a visit. 




C. Marey & Liger-Belair 

Nuits, France 

C harles Meineoke & Co. 

Agents Pacific Coast 

San Francisco 

■liM-iH 80, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


ICb afyjH amd iat 'fjbtXVKf-Ji./t~) 

l!v Bahneti Franklin. 

Blanche Stoddard Grasps Her First Heal Opportunity at lit" 

Mr. Paul Hester's "When Knighthood Was in Flower," done 
into a play by him from the novel of Charles Norris, furnishes 
in ils main role an ideal vehicle for the exploitation of Blanche 
Stoddard's talents. Since Miss Stoddard has assumed the posi- 
tion of leading woman at the Valencia Theatre, she has done some 
very creditable work in parts of great variety, and she has ac- 
quainted us with the fact that she is an actress of considerable 
ability, who is possessed of a goodly quota of gray matter. But 
the characters she has hitherto enacted have not exhibited her 
talents at their host. My quarrel is with the playbuilders, and 
not the lady, however. This week she conies into her own amply 
— wilh more to spare. As Mary Tudor in "When Knighthood 
Was in Flower," she has a role that fits her as patly as her gowns. 

Mary Tudor is a role that fairly bathes in the spotlight. She 
is the pivol upon which the whole dramatic action revolves. Mr. 
Hosier scarcely allows his heroine time* for a breathing spell. 
Slio is ever ''among those present." To handle such a role con- 
vincingly, and be ever in the spirit of it, requires rare art in a 
stock actress who has a bare week for preparation. Miss Stod- 
dard most satisfactorily supplies the art. Likewise the spirit. 
She is. in truth, a glittering success. 

(irrlnulr Pes Roches, ir/in will appeaa next week in 
Morning After" at the Orphevm. 



The Wolfr next 

Mary Tudor is a maid with kaleidoscopic moods and emotions. 
She is a madcappy princess, first of all; a hoydenish, free-as-air 
sort of a gel. Miss Stoddard makes her as madcappy a3 the law 
allows without coarseness. But Mary Tudor is also a tender, 
sympathetic, clinging, sentimental young damsel when she is 
not the madcap aforesaid. Miss Stoddard makes her so. And 
Mary Tudor is possessed of an elaborate sense of humor, 
wherewith she antidotes many of the implausibilities and incon- 
sistencies of the play — and that abound in every costume 
mcr that has ever been written. And Miss Stoddard has that 

age of humor to dispense. All of which impels me to 12) 
viction that her work this week is the best she has given us at 
the Valencia street stock-house; her Mary Tudor is a delightful, 
ling personation in its entirety. 

"When Knighthood Was in Flower" is a rery good [day of 
. You know the type. It is filled to the brim with im- 
possible intrigues and plots, and hairbreadth escapes, and all 
manner of daredevilisb propositions, doncherknow. Th 
too, a grouchy old king, of course, and a rcd-r 
a bold, bad villain with the most exquisite mustaches you ever 
saw outside of a Hembrandt, and a loving young couple who de- 
vote all their lime to smoothing out the love alfairs of the hero 
.im[ heroine. And the favorite oaths of the king and the cour- 
tiers is "Gadzooks!" which is occasionally varied on 
casions by the use of '"Zounds!" 

Bui despite the oh-. ind essentially theatrical flavor 

with which plays of the "When Knighthood Was in Flower" kind 
abound, they make for first-rate entertainment. And ii 
entirely to the chocolate-creamy, sweet young thing of the Wed- 
matinee that they appeal. Far from it. The responsive 
chord is struck in most every one hy • mmer. 

I: works on the principle that ''All the world lows a lover." 

Dished up as this play is at the Valencia Theatr . 
that appeal. Quite in line with the pretentious productions 
have been given at that house lately is this one. The ac 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 30, 1909. 

Mace Gre,enlcaf, the new leading man of the Valencia Stock 
Company, who will be seen in "The Prince Chap." 

is up to a high notch, the costumery is of the best, and the olden 
"atmosphere" is everywhere well .simulated. 

Despite the sudden banishment of Robert Warwick, the leading 
man, the company did very well, indeed. Robert Homans, ori- 
ginally cast in a mildly villainous role, jumped into the hero's 
togs and gave a very creditable performance. He is not pos- 
sessed of the Warwickian brand of pulchritude, and his voice is 
not so tempestuously sonorous, but he acted convincingly and 
capably, and deserves much credit for his rapid-change act. Par- 
ticularly good was Beatrice Nichols in the ingenue role, and 
Thomas MacLarnie made a first-rate king. 

But Blanche Stoddard was really the "whole show." The regal 
robes she was obliged to wear in the fourth act weigh fifty-nine 
pounds, I was assured by Manager Walter Hoff Seel}', but she 
carried them quite as gracefully and lightly as she did the vary- 
ing moods of Mary Tudor. 

* * * 

Lord Dundreary is a Weird Relic of Other Days. 

After having gone into ecstatic raptures over Mr. Sothern's 
"Hamlet" last week, it was certainly in the most amiable mood 
that I approached his Dundreary in "Our American Cousin." 
I knew, of course, that "Our American Cousin" was a comedy of 
the "old school," but, woe is me, I had no idea that playwrights 
were so pathetically, funereally funny in the days when the elder 
Sothern trod the boards. I did not expect, of course, to see a 
snappy, rattling farce mixed after a George Adc recipe, but I 
did expect something approaching humor. ■ 

I had been told, you see, all about Lord Dundreary by some 
of my old-timer friends, the well-meaning folk who don't go to 
the theatre nowadays excepting on very unusual occasions be- 
cause "they have seen everything worth seeing." And these 
friends ever held Lord Dundreary before me as the height of 
achievement in stage comedy when, in my youthful enthusiasm, 
I would venture to extol the laugh-making powers of a Hovt 
or an Ade. They would smile a patronizing smile of indulgence 
at me, and merely whisper the mystic word "Dundreary." And 
I could say nothing, for I was not of a theatre-going disposition 
when Mr. Sothern, Sr., was convulsing the natives with his 

immortal personation of that wonderful English lord. 

And so, in addition to my feelings of amiability toward the 
vounger Sothern, I entered the Van Ness Theatre for the pur- 
pose of witnessing the production of his father's successful vehi- 
cle with something approaching awe. I was prepared to laugh 
as I never had before. Would that I had never gone. Another 
idol but toppled off its perch ; and the little game of disillusion 
got in some awful licks. Oh, yes, I laughed quite a little, but 
I am sad to say that I laughed ait the performance and not with it. 

Fur "Our American Cousin" conduces only to boredom. Primi- 
tive in construction, clumsy in the development of what little 
plot it possesses, and surcharged with the.most elephantine brand 
of humor that ever was found between the covers of an almanac, 
this relic of yesteryear proved the weirdest apology for a theatri- 
cal performance possible. To some there may be enjoyment in 
listening to a "silly awss" ramble through alleged witty mono- 
logues of half-hour duration of the kind that a tenth-rate vaude- 
\illian would be ashamed of, but not for yours humbly. That is 
about all there is to "Our American Cousin," excepting for a 
few incidentals of plot and near-action, which do not count any- 

To me it seems nothing less than criminal for an actor of Mr. 
Sothern's talents and intellect to waste his time producing sui h 
an affair as "Our American Cousin." simply in reverence to the 
memory of the father who did it before him. I suppose the play 
must have been funny in the olden days, but they probably bad 
very different standards of humor then. Mr. Sothern's Dun- 
dreary was to me quite as serious an affair as his Hamlet, but I 
am afraid he did not mean it so. 

* * * 

"Bankers ami Brokers'' at the Princess. 

Another Kolb and Dill show is on the boards at the Princess 
Theatre with the usual "fast and furious" funning, bright lyrics, 
energetic shoe-shuffling, and pretty girls. This latest offering 
of the two clever Cherman gomedians was once done here before 
the fire at Fisher's, but it has been revamped and properly bright- 
ened and burnished. In its new form, it makes for the same good 
farcical entertainment as its predecessors at the Ellis street thea- 
tre, and will continue, no doubt, in the same favor as the shows 
that have gone before. Kolb and Dill create jollity after theii 
patented method, and Adele Rafter takes next honors with some 

first-rate warbling. The production is well put on. 

* * * 

Rip Van Winkle at the American. 

Thomas, son of Joseph Jefferson, whose "Rip Van Winkle" so 
appealed to the American public that he was scarcely allowed 
to play anything else, has been producing the good'old fan!:i- 
at the American Theatre during the week. The play is inter- 
esting to those of the younger generation who have not seen it, 
and it makes for admirable entertainment, for it wears well 
with the years. 

* * * 

The Orpheum. 

Harrison Hunter, an exceedingly fine actor wdw did some ex- 
cellent work with Katherine Grey at the Novelty Theatre s 

time back, is the headliner at the Orpheum with "The Van 
Dyke," a very clever playlet with a surprise ending. Tt is one 
of the best sketches in vaudeville, and its presentation is admir- 

The Harvey family of wire performers are genuine wonders 
in their line, and the Murray Sisters are young women of good 
looks, wbo dress Btunningly and give a singing act that is well 
worth while. The holdovers are all good, and the moving pic- 
lures, showing the Alaskan salmon packeries, are particularly 

* * * 

The testimonial tendered T\l 1 1 u ■. Fabhri-Mueller last Tuesday 
evening at Golden Gate Tlall brought out a large and appreciative 
audience, and the whole affair proved a greater success than even 
(be admirers of the veteran musician expected. A pari inilarh 
enjoyable feature of the performance was the singing of Miss 
Bessie Louise Dichman, who has not been heard here before i" 
concert, and who disclosed a voice of singular rareness ami sym- 
pathetic quality. Mrs. It. O'Meora did the aria from Donizetti's 
"l.a Pavorita" admirably, and other numbers were rendered by 
Ihe Misses Emma Abbott, Oriean Park, Carlotta Shaw." and 
Tessie Madden. Mme. Fabbri-Mueller wielded the baton for the 
ladies' double quartet with quite her old-time spirit and happy 
sense of musicianship. 

January 30, 1900. 

and California Advertiser 



"The Wolf" is announced for the Van tfesa nexl week, The 
play i8 frankly acknowledged to be a melodrama pure and sim- 
ple, bul ii is said to be of a very high class, li is by Eugene 
Walter, author of "Paid in Pull," and it was declared a New 
York success lasl season. We are told thai the author has created 
a play <>f great realism, and especially the lasl seen,', a portage 
on the Little Bear River, is an effective bit theatrically. 

The wnnl melodrama has been cheapened and lessened in the 
esteem of intelligent theatre-goers of late years, 1ml in "The 
Wolf," Kugerae Walter is said to have revived the lirsl traditions 
nl' tlir greal old melodramas of a generation ago, combining liter- 
ary worth - and clever character-drawing with dramatic tension 
and thrilling realism. 

* * * 

"The Crisis," which is announced as the Alcazar's attraction 
for the coming week, is a dramatization of Winston Churchill's 
famous story, which lias Ions been rated among the "best sellers," 
and for two seasons was used as a starring vehicle by James K. 
Hackett. It deals with that intense period of American history 
at the time of Lincoln's first election to the presidency, when the 
civil war began, and the scenes are laid in the city of St. Louis, 
then in a state of ferment. According to the story, of which the 
play is the pith, "The Crisis" is the crucial period of a nation 
and of two lives, and the audience is made to feel it by the 
[lower nf the author. The play, though in the bulbed of it all, 
is not in any sense what is familiarly known as a war play, be- 
ing merely in Hie atmosphere of and intensified by its near pres- 
i ace and suggestion. 

In the costumes of half-a-century ago, and with such sterling 
dramatic material In interpret, it is expected that (he Alcazar t 
players will make of "The Crisis" an extremely interesting offer- 

* * * 

Thomas Jefferson will be seen in his characterization of ''T?ip 
Vim Winkle" I'm- the lasl limes a I the American Theatre this 
Saturday afternoon ami evening, and at the Sunday matinee 
Corinne, the peerless singing comedienne who has a remarkable 
record of brilliant achievements in farce, musical comedy, comedy 
drama, and comic opera, and who is a great favorite in San 
Francisco, will begin a week's engagement in a character said 
to be absolutely differenl from any she has ever portrayed, in the 
musical play, "Lola limn Berlin," by John J. McNally, the well- 
known author, who lias made a distinct departure from the line 
of work with which his name has been so long associated. The 
purpose of the managers, slar and author has been to create 
something unique, and the many interesting characters tell an 
agreeable story of modem life. The lyrics and music are said 
to bo of the liveliest and catchiest style, and are by those suc- 
cessful authors, William Jerome and Jean Schwartz. They in- 
clude such hits as "I Think of You the Whole Year Bound," 
"I'd Sooner Be a II i Been," "TJnter den Linden," "Beneath the 
Moon," "Signs." "Just Home from College," "Poor Little Fool- 
ish Man," and "There's Not Another Girlie in the World for 

Corinne will be followed at the American by a lavish produc- 
tion of Martin V. Merle's powerful love -ion of earl] Borne, 

"The Light Eternal." 

* » * 

"When Knighthood Was in Flower." staged and costumed in 
sumptuous fashion and splendidly acted, »ill be pre the 

last times at the Valencia Theatre this Sunday afternoon and 
evening, and on Monday nigh I "A Contented Woman." Charles 
II. llovl's L'reat satire on Woman's Suffrage, will be put on. 

The action takes place in Denver, where members of the fair 
sex arc allowed the ballot, and the stOTJ centers around the can- 
didacy of Benton Holme and his wife, Grace, who are running 
againsi each other for Mayor. Mrs. Holme is urged to run 
against her husband by Attn! .Tim. who literally wears the trou- 
sers of her Family. Both of the candidates use all of the methods 
of the thoroughly up-to-date politician in making their can 
and the typical ward-heeler and all of bis associates are greatly 
in evidence. The good-humored FToyl fun dominates everything. 
Blanche Stoddard will be the politically inclined wife, and the 

others will bo well east. 

* * * 

ami Dill continue to pa. I theatre ai 

performance. Their latest production. "Bankers and Broki 
thoroughly maintains their enormous popularity, and affords a 
joyous entertainment. They are well supported by Adele Baf- 

i .in excellenl company. Nexl week will positively bi 
"Bankers ami Brokers." II will be succeeded Wo 
evening, February the eighth, by "Lonesome Town." which will 
ie given with the complete production used by the favorite • 
dians in New York. 

* * * 

The programme at the Orphcuni for the week beginning this 
Sunday matinee will have as headliner Johnnie McVeigh ami 
Ins College Girls, who will present an act specially originated for 
them by B. A. Rolfe, called "An [ncideni in a Dormitory." 
Leander B. Cordova, said in be a magnetic and popular actor, 
will, with the assistance of a capable company, appear in a thrill- 
ing dramatic incident entitled "Wireless," the story of which 
is woven round the apparatus used for the transmission of aerial 
messages at sea. Mr. de Cordova's engagement is limited to next 
week only. Frank Byron and Louise Langdon will introduce 
a new edition of their famous skit, "The Dude Detective." Sel- 
dom's Venus, which is announced as the finest exhibition of liv- 
ing statuary ever exhibited in Europe, will be seen for the firsl 
time in this city. Charles Wayne, of comic opera popularity, 
with the assistance of Gertrude des "Roches, late of the Chicago 
success, "The Broken Idol," will appear in a tabloid musical 
comedy, called "The Morning After." Paul La Croix, an eccen- 
tric comedian and juggler, will appear for next week only, which 
will he the last of the beautiful Murray Sisters and the Harvey 
Family. A series of motion pictures, depicting scenes of the 
recent Italian earthquake, will conclude the performance. 

GO — Of course you'll go to the 

Valencia Theatre 

Valencia Street, between 13th and 14th 
Telephone. Market 17 


The only steam heated theatre in the city. 
Sundav afternoon and evening, last times of 

Commencing Monday evening, February i5t 

A political satire in four acts, by Charles H. Hoyt. Presented by the Valencia 
Stock Company, including Blanche. Stoddard. 

Regular Matinees. Wednesday and Sunday; Prices: 25 and 10c; Evenings, 25c 
to 75c; Box Seats $1.00. 
Monday, February 8 — The Prince Chap. 


t/tvilV Absolutely Class A Theatre Building. 

Beginning this Sunday afternoon. Matinee every day. 

JOHNNY McVEIGH and His College Girls.The Dramatic Novettv. "Wireless" 
with Leander de Cordova & Co. (next week only); Byron & Langdon. in "The 
Dude Detective"; Seldom's Venus; Charles Wayne assisted by Gertrude des 
Roches and Company in "The Morning After"; Paul Lacrolx (next week only); 
The Murray Sisters, Amerfcan Girls with American Songs; New Orpheum Mo- 
tion Pictures. Last week The Harvey Family, including Europe's most famous 
Lady Wire Walkers. 

Evening prices — 10c, 25c, 50c. 75c. Box Seats — $1. Matinee 
prices (except Sundays and holidays), 10c, 25c. 60c. 
Phone West 6000. 

A / yV) P^VI f > f1 / V) f \ r? OCi / 1/*0 Market St. near Seventh. Phone Market 17 
/I I f(/fyf lA/\X/IV J. iWlA/VI U The playhouse of comfort and safely 

One week commencing Sunday matinee. January 11st. CORINNE In the 
musical sensation . 


By John J. McNally. William Jerome aud Jean Schwartz. 

Prices, Evenings 35c. 50c. 75c, $1.00. No higher. Matinees 25c, 50c and 7sc. 

Next— The Light Eternal. 

Van Ness Theatre 


Phone Market 500 
Engagement Positively Limited to one week. Beginning Monday Februan 1st. 
Seven nights— Matinee Saturday. The Lvric Theatre [N. Y-l Success 

A play of the Canadian Woods by Eugene Walter, author of "Paid in Full". 
Mr. Andrew Robson and an excellent cast. 
Feb. 8— A Stubborn Cinderalla." 

New Alcazar Theatre 

Corner Sutter and Steiner Streets 
Phone We <t 6036 

Belasro & Mayer. Owners and Managers. Absolutely Claas A Bid* 
Monday night. February ist. and all week an elaborate production of James K. 
Hackett's greatest 

Adapted from Winston Churchill's famous war-time 

Prices: Matinees Saturday and Sunday. 25c. to 50c Evenings. 
:5c. to $1.00. 


Class A Theatre. 
Prices — Evenings, 
75c. $1.00. Matinees ■ except 
Sundavs and Holidays) 25c. 
50c, 75c. 

Matinee Saturday and Sunday. This ana neat week only 

in their newest triumph 


Monday. February Sth— Kolb and Dill in Lonesome Towp, 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 30, 1909. 

SvT^ o 


California has a reputation for artistic temperament to which 
even New York doffs its bonnet. Tn any of the arts, the Cali- 
fornia aspirant is reasonably sure to get a hearing, and we have 
cause to belie e that there is something tonic in our air which 
stimulates artistic effort. There is. however, a carefully nursed 
theory that talent and a lean pocket book go together. Wealthy 
girls are supposed to be the custodians of the fol-de-rols of life, 
while to the safe-keeping of their poorer sisters is entrusted all 
that quickens the artistic spirit. 

Stuff and nonsense! 

Genius may have a disinclination to attach itself to the 
plethoric bank account, but plain everyday talent is evenly dis- 
tributed. Moreover, the wealthy sir] has every opportunity to 
cultivate her talents, while the girl with frugal means frequently 
never develops her latent possibilities. 

If you don't believe me, try to slip in at one of the rehearsals 
for the Kirmess. You will find sixty young society women being 
measured to fit one part or another in the festival to which we 
are all looking forward with such eagerness. Ask the stage direc- 
tor whether sixty young women recruited from the shops, the 
telephone, the type-writers agencies and every other avenue where 
bread winning girls foregather, would be easier to fit. Don't 
ask your theorist who upholsters his convictions with the stuff 
that dreams are made of. Ask the stage director, who knows his 
business, and if he doesn't tell you that as between the amateur 
society girl and the amateur office girl he would rather train the 
society girl, I'll resign as a prophet. The society girl has had 
dancing and music lessons ever since her dolly days from the 
most expert teachers. Why, I know any number of girls who 
are fond of dancing and take lessons on fancy steps whenever 
they cannot puzzle them out for themselves. Mrs. Lansing 
Kellogg, as Miss Ethyl Hager, was the best cake-walk dancer in 
the smart set, and often, when a particularly clever exponent of 
that art appeared at the Orpheum. she took a lesson or two from 
the vaudeville expert. Both Mrs. Joseph Tobin and her sister, 
Miss Kathleen de Young, are accomplished dancers, who are al- 
ways studying new steps. There are many others who are in 
the amateur class simply because Fate has not thrust them into 
the professional. 

The Kirmess dances include very few matrons, the younger 
set predominating. There will be excellent singing, as there are 
plenty of pleasant and fresh young voices to carry the music. 
Three evenings and a matinee will give every one an opportunity 
to enjoy the artistic results of the strenuous effort society is mak- 
ing. For it is strenuous to attend a rehearsal every day, in ad- 
dition to all the other diverting affairs on the calere 

Bridge luncheons have become more popular than anv other 
form of cards, and this sane and sober innovation is a boon to 
digestion. The fashion of playing cards all afternoon, and then 
sitting down at 5 o'clock to a rich and heavy repast, has been 
superseded by invitations to luncheon, followed by cards, and at 
5 o'clock tea and biscuits and nothing else is passed. The old 
way took the edge off dinner, and ultimately made business lively 
for the doctors and druggists. Every one" enjoys the luncheon] 
whereas few dared indulge in the food fest inflicted on the 
noon. Monday of this week another evening of bridge wa 
joyed at the Jackson street home of Miss Ethel McAllister. These 
evening bridge parties are another innovation in the younger set, 
and permit the masculine element. Mrs. George Hill Stoddard 
was also a bridge hostess on Monday, entertaining- in honor of 
Miss Maizie Crowley at the Fairmont. Mrs. James Otis's tea 
likewise had the Fairmont as a background, and the inclement 
weather in no wise dampened the dress ardor— it was one of the 
most handsomely gowned assemblages of the season. 

Tuesday was another bridge day, the younger set particularly 
occupying itself with cards. Miss Katherine Donohoe was thi 
complimented guest at an exquisitely appointed luncheon ore- 
sided over by Mrs. Beverly MaeMonagle in her own home The 
St. Francis was the scene of Mrs. Frank B. Anderson's bridge 
luncheon, and as Miss Maud Wilson was also a bridge hostess at 


Inseparably associated with the social life of 
San Francisco. 

Palace Hotel Company 

a home affair, there were few who did not play somewhere that 

Wednesday repeated the diversions of Tuesday with the addi- 
tion of a Presidio hop in the evening. There was a handsomely 
appointed luncheon at the Fairmont hostessed by Miss Helen 
Dean in honor of Miss Mabel Toy. a bride-eleel who may bo 
feted to extinction before her marriage to Mr. Lucas from the 
look of her engagement calendar. Mrs. Noble Eaton was a 
bridge hostess, and Mrs. Joseph Maston likewise entertainer] 
several tables at that fascinating game. Mrs. Sidney Van W\vk 
diversified the day with a tea, the Southern set coming out in 
full force for this event. 

Thursday was not a particularly exciting day with evidently 
a determined effort on foot to store up energy for the demands 
of Friday. The debutantes had the calendar to themselves, witli 
a luncheon given at the Fairmont by Mrs. Robert Hays Smith 
ami a tea to the same set presided over by Miss Marian Mar- 
vin. The wedding of Miss Ellen Page and Dr. James Fowler 
Presley was very quietly celebrated at the home of Mr. and Mis. 
John Nightingale, only the family and closest friends witnessing 
the ceremony, which was followed by an elaborate supper. 

Friday, at this writing, is standing just around the corne 
but one can already glimpse that there is an overflow of goodies 
in its horn of plenty. Two handsomely appointed bridge parlies 
occupy " ll? afternoon, one a bridge luncheon presided over by 
Mrs. J. Leroy Nickel, and the other hostessed by Mrs. Samuel 

Miss Genevieve Harvey returned to Del Monte the first of last 
week, after a short visit to the city, where she was entertained by 
Mrs. Eleanor Martin. Miss Harvey also spent some time with 
her sister. Mrs. Oscar Cooper, who has recently moved to Bnr- 
lingame for the coming summer. 

The Assembly ball at the Fairmont is always the signal for 
-mart dinner entertainments, and this Friday an embarrassment 
of riches precedes the Greenway. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Welch, 
Jr.. Miss Elizabeth McMullin and Judge and Mrs. Wellery are 
among those who will entertain at the Fairmont. Mr. ami Mrs. 
Martin's dinner guests will gather at fhe SI. Francis in 
honor of Miss Florence Hopkins. Mr. and Mrs. Warren Dear- 
born Clark and Mr. and Mrs. 0. 0. G. Miller, will entertain at 
their own homes preceding the ball. Next week promises more 
brilliant days filled with formal entertainment. 

Mr. and Mrs. William Babcock. of San Bafael, stopped at 
Del Monte for a few davs, en route to the southern part of the 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert 0. Hooker, who have been spending the 

until at the Hotel Si Francis, have moved into the home 
of Mr. and Mrs. George IT. Lent on Washington street, which 

they will occupy during the absence of the Lents in Europe, 

E. F. Hutton & Co. 


31-33-35 New Street. New York 

Si. Francis Hotel J Tel. Douglas 2487 

112 Wesl 3d St.. Los Angeles 
1301 F St, Washington, D. C. 

MEMBERS: New York Slock Exchange. New York Collon Exchange. New York 
Coffee Exchange. Chicago Board of Trade, Pioneer House. 

Private wire to Chicago. New York. Orders executed through any New York Slock 
Exchange house, affording Easterners the opportunity of trading with their own 

R. E. MllLCAHY. Manager. 

January 30, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


Mr. and Mrs. II. C. Bloomingdale, of New York City, aw 
Bpending their honeymoon quietly at Del Monte. 

The Walla Walla Excursion stopped ai Del Monte Wednesday, 
and aboul eighty guests enjoyed the hoapitaiitj bo generously 
provided for them. One of the prettiest features of the occa- 
sion was the lavish use of violets in the table decorations, and 
the corsage bouquets given the ladies of the party. 

The sun came out just long enough Eor all to take the "17- 
Mile Drive," which is particularly beautiful (his time of year 
when the hills are marvelous in the new green. 

These excursion parties are made up of wealthy and enterpris- 
ing citizens of the Northwest, who wish to become better ac- 
quainted with the resources and beauties of their rival State, and 
at the same time advertise their own fruitful country. 

Many travelers have found themselves storm-bound at Del 
Monte, but the indoor cheer and amusements seem potent to dis- 
pel the outside gloom. 

One of the most pleasant dinners given at the St. Francis dur- 
ing the past week was enjoyed by the guests of Mrs. Eleanor Mar- 
tin, who were Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. 
Horace D. Pillsbury, Miss Jennie Crocker, Miss Virginia Jolliffe, 
John Lawton and Tcmpleton Crocker. 

The smiling face of Mr. Isham, the novelist, is seen about the 
hotel lobby early in the morning and again late in the evening, 
and by his cheerful, brusque manner, one feels that he is making 
the desert of pages to bloom like the rose, and the storm de- 
ters him not. 

Colonel and Mrs. Eddy, D. 0. Mills, Mrs. Whitelaw Eeid and 
Mr. C. E. Green, are among those who are coming up to the 
Hotel St. Francis for the social functions of the next week, 
notable among which will be the Henry T. Scott dinner at the 
St. Francis on the evening of February 2d. 

Among (hose registered at Del Monte during the last week the 
following names are noted : Signor and Mrs. de Orasse, Mr. and 
Mrs. George F. MacGill, Canada ; Mr. and Mrs. William Bab'cock, 
San Rafael; Captain II. Engalls, San Francisco; Mr. Frank H. 
Parsons, New York; Mrs. Albert Keep and her niece. Miss Ethel 
Merrick, Chicago; Miss G. Waring and Miss C. Gassio, London; 
Mr. W. Omichen, Dresden ; Mr. and Mrs. II. A. I [agar, Portland ; 
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Darling, Dnluth, Minn.; Mr. Lester Oster- 
man, Mr. J. Herman, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Downes, New York; 
Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Present!, Washington, ]>. ('. ; Mrs. Fred 
Wolean, Boston. 

Mine. Gadski. during her stay at the St. Francis, has been the 
motif of a pleasant series of smart entertainments, and her de- 
parture has occasioned genuine regret in local society. 

The rains have brought out the little leaflets, and the red- 

w I sorrel is abloom. This is the lirst of the Bora, if such m is 

of tin 1 year to peep out from under the tangle. The country is 
beautiful in its new coat of green, and the hillsides are liki greal 
fields of velvet. The air is full of the chirp of the returning life 
of the summer, and the birds sing aloud for very glee. \ thi 
Hold Rafael one is far, far away from the madding crowd and 

its hum and bustle, and ! - seems almost as a i p 

Eoliaged and Deflowered Eden. There is no dou res 

vations for the coming season will than ever before, 

for so many ha\o already taken of earl] enquiry 

this m;i\ lie taken as an indication of a very busy season. The 

K.i fael is I be hot . w aref nation, that offers thi 

advani.i . ■ ible to offer in a much more remote ret;. 

B vacai ' . We predict thai the main hotel and 

lages will again see a b g id summer season, and that 

the Casino will be thi the auto enthusiasts, just 

as during last summer. 

An American, whose sympathies are evidently pro-Jap 

local magazine as follows: "They have an institution 
over in Japan known as the Joabiwari, and a class of women 
'Is — the lirst a redlight district in parlance of 
our underworld, and resembling the hetaira of the ancient 
Greeks, and the last a dancer and sin) Uy trained in all 

the art- ainment. and though admittedly nucha- 

ow, under Oriental moral miscegenation, a lady, and a? 
such assigned a quasi-distinctjon in society." Until 
tal mot : ' hope 

of Japan achiei tng the : ilization. 

— Ladles, when you're shopping and grow hungry, don't you know. 
Swain's Is quite convenient, and 'tis there you ought to go; 
The pastry Is delicious, and the meats and wines are fine — 
Swain's for hungry people Is the place where they should dine I 

Swain's Restaurant, Van Ness avenue, near Sutter. 




The Gymnasium and baths are open In the new 

Turkish, Russian and Electric light baths. . . . 
Hydrotherapeutlc and massage departments. 

The most modern establishment of this character 
In the world. 

Under the management of James Woods 


N. E. cor. Bush and Stockton 

Centrally Located 

A Modern and Up-To-Date Family Hotel. 
Sun in Every Room. Elaborate Furnish- 
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Reception Room. Grill Room. Dining Room 

European and American Plan 

Del Monte 

near quaint old Monterey— 125 miles from San Francisco. 
Uniting all the pleasures of outdoor life under Ideal conditions, 
with the conveniences and luxuries of the best metropolitan 
hotels. For rates, reservations, etc., address 

H. R. WARNER, Manager. 

Hotel Argonaut 

Built by the Society of California Pioneers, Fourth street near Market, 
San Francisco. Caters to both Family and Commercial Trade; 400 roomp; 
rooms with detached bath, $1 per day; rooms with private bath, $1.50 and 
up per day; breakfast, 50c; luncheon, 50c; dinner. Including wine, $1. 
Seating capacity, 500. The Hotel Argonaut's free bus meets all trains 
at ferries and steamship landings. 


Hotel Westminster 

Los Angeles, C»l. 

Fourth and Main St*. 

American Plan 


Rates per Day. $2.50 Rooms without Bath. 
Rooms with Bath. $3.00. (3.50 and (4.00. 

European Plan 

11.00 per day and up 
With bath. 11.50 and up. 

F. O. JOHNSON, Proprietor 

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San Francisco News Letter 

January 30, 1909. 


The Unashamed Wolfe. 

Eddie Wolfe, the unashamed Senator from the San Francisco 
district, plays the game of the Emeryville crooks, even in the 
face of defeat. This man juggles with Ike life of the Republican, 
party. It was hoped that some action would be taken as to the 
race track on Thursday of this week, but Wolfe, with the per- 
sistency of a villain with a villainous cause, has asked that the 
time to be given to the consideration, in committee, of the Race 
Track Bill be given over to the discussion of the matters con- 
nected with Jie'lslais Creek condemnation and reclamation pro- 
ject, well knowing that in this matter he is serving his masters 
of Emeryville. It is barely possible by the lime the News Letter 
is published that the friends of the bill will have prevailed on 
the eommittee to give up the bill, to the end that the Senate 
may have a vote on the subject. The Unashamed Wolfe protects 
himself with the statement that his opponent for the Senatorial 
toga made his campaign on the race-track issue and lost out. 
Wolfe argues from this that his constituency is in favor of the 
track, and that his duly is to vote for the unholy thing and foster 
its unhindered continuance. 

On the same principle, he would vote to innoculate an entire 
city with some dread disease because, forsooth, at tin 1 time of 
his candidature his constituency was to a large extent subject 
lo plague. 

Of course, this is sophistry, and it is a blind to hide behind, 
in an attempt to excuse following the dictates of (lie gambling 
element, with whom liiis precious misrepresentative affiliates. 

The President and the Japanese. 

The President of the United States has again addressed the 
State's Executive, and through the Governor, the assembled 
Legislators, to the effect that this State must not pass laws that 
will in time be abrogated, but which, in their immediate effect, 
might embroil two friendly nations in war ! 

It has been shown by statistical figures furnished by the 
Commissioner of Immigration that less than 3,000 Japanese have 
come to the United States in the last year, and that more than 
that amount have gone away to Japan, or elsewhere, from the 
United States. 

It is a well-known fact that the Japanese is not a "cheap 
labor" element, and that, as such, he dues not come in conflict 
or competition with the exclusionists who are making all this 
trouble. Japanese labor is pretty expensive labor, taking all 
things into consideration. The laundries operating in San 
Francisco charge the full "white" price for work dime in compe- 
tition with white labor. All the white laundries are working 
lull capacity. The Japanese carpenter is not as efficient as the 
white carpenter, and yet demands a price that makes his em- 
ployment a matter of expense to the employer, as he is not cap- 
able of turning out nearly as much work as the while carpenter 
or mechanic. In the fruit picking season, the Japanese charges 
full rates for his labor, and in no way interferes with the white 
man, because there are never enough hands to pick hops or fruit 
at any given fruit harvest season. 

What, then, is the objection to (he Japanese? The objection, 
as far as we can see, is purely one of politics. Some small- 
minded gutter-snipes from San Francisco have made it a handle 
lo climb into office, and they work, through the exclusion league, 
the Japanese competition racket lo the fullest possible extent; 
For a long time it was the Chinese! The successors of the sand- 
lotters have transferred their disesteem to the Japanese, and 

that's all there i- to it! 

It is amusing in these vaunted days of "democratic sim- 
plicity," to see one Francis J. Heney received ai the Perry build- 
ing by an escort consisting of a captain, a lieutenant and' several 
patrolmen from the municipal police tone, besides his own pri- 
vate bodyguards. President Roosevelt himself does not enjoy 
the company of such an imposing array. If any ordina n citizen 

fearing an assault, should ask fm- a solitary patrolman t :com- 

pany him. he would probably be laughed at. if not locked up as 
a crank. But these are the days of a tyrannical oligarchy. 

Market Street Paving. 

It would seem to the man who is an impartial onlooker that 
the present city administration is rather slow in taking advan- 
tage of the mistakes of previous Governments. In the matter of 
street paving, it has some costly examples of its own work to 
gather wisdom by, and yet it seems that those in charge of the 
Department of Public Works are mighty slow in coming to the 
conclusion that both asphalt and bituminous paving, of such 
streets as Market and Golden Gate, i; a dismal failure and a mosl 
costly experiment. 

Js It Graft.? 

In the face of the fact thai Golden Gate avenue was paved for 
its length last year, and that within six months it became a 
lamentable stretch of "chuck" holes, tin- same incompetent board 
has undertaken the same class of horrid patch-work on Market 

Bad Original Work. 

Apparently despairing of making anything of a success in re- 
pairing the bog holes in Market street, the intellects in charge of 
the work have set men to work Filling in the holes with Belgian 
blocks! The character of the work that is now being done on 
San Francisco's great commercial thorough faro, will give it the 
appearance of the stretched skin of some spotted snake, and to 
travel over it will feel like bobbing over some stony trail with 

! icasional bump into a bottomless mudhole. The original 

concrete layer, supposed to hold the asphalt or bituminous rock 
in place, i- so poorly amalgamated, the cement, which was sup- 
posed io bind the gravel together, so poor, that it absolutely re- 
fused to crystalize, ami the result is thai, once the miserable 
refuse that constitutes the top layer is worn off, the wheels of the 
vehicle, passing into the "chuck" holes, eiils through the alleged 
concrete into the bottomless sand below! The only remedy that 
experience has suggested to the mighty mentalities in charge is 
to either cover this hole With more bituminous rock or asphalt, 
improperly mixed, or to till the same with basalt blocks! 

Common Sense Should Rule. 

Why not give us a better street paving, something permanent, 

with a real c irete foundation'; Why not teal the cement that 

is being used!'' Why not, after hiving a cement Foundation under 
strict inspection and supervision, give us a vitrified brick street, 
or, if it is possible, a covering of asphalt or bitumen thai will 
last ? Does craft prevent p 

Can gambling be suppressed in Chinatown? It is simply 

a case of official vigilance vs. Oriental ingenuity. Every new 
chief has said whal Cook Bays. Watching people who are never 
lired of trying to circumvent the watcher- is mighn monotonous. 
Time, the great physician, dulls all zeals. I venture to say that 
gambling is now going on in Chinatown, and always will be. 
When opium is excluded from San Quentin, gambling will cease 
in the Celestial quarter of San Francisco. Then, you know, the 
official conscience is to be reckoned with. Some moral Gibral- 
tars have been undermined, and 1 hardly think the palms of the 
Chinatown scpiad are less itchy than formerly. Why should 
they be? 

Our new Park panhandle is going to be a daisy. They arc 

working like bees on it. Thousands of loads of compost have 
been dumped, and the dumping goes on. Whoever proposed Ibis 

panhandle should have his mom -nt erected in it. The man 

who opposed u is lit for treason, stratagems and Milpitas. After 
it is finished, we shall have a drue-wav long, a- and more beau- 
tiful than any on earth. Then' is a sand bill which, of course, 
will be left ungraded, but covered with trees, ej'a-s and Bowers. 
All this mean- further incentive to beautify the loveliest spol 
on this planet — San Francisco, Queen of the West. 

An English suffragette, in an outbursl of fervid declama- 
tion, has declared that "man has sown tin' seed of retribution, 
built it up brick by brick, until ii has burst forth in a fiery Same 
threatening to engulf him forever in the waters of oblivion." If 
the unfortunate male denizens of Britain are compelled to listen 

lo horde- of females loaded down with this sorl of expostulation, 

it would seem the better fate to be hit on the bead with a brick 
and be engulfed in the waters of oblivion indeed. 

January 30, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 




" 'Ere's some one says as 'ow hannimals 'ave souls." 

The speaker held a tattered newspaper. Pie stared at it re- 
flectively and shook his head. 

"Oh, they 'ave, 'ave they !" he went on. "Well, I don't be- 
lieve it, 'oever says so. This bloke may think 'e knows hev'ry- 
thing,but 'e don't." 

He was a stranded English sailor, as every movement and his 
tell-tale accent betrayed — one of a group of despondent, heavy- 
eyed men such as one may see at all hours of the day on East 
Street waterfront. There are few spots in San Francisco where 
the men who are out of a job congregate in larger numbers. If 
any one doubts this, let him dress in overalls and a soft shirt, 
and mingle with the loungers as one of their own kind. It may 
give him an insight into one of the uglier sides of city life. The 
man to whom I listened was one of this great army of the unem- 
ployed, but he had evidently tired of trying to light a spark 
ill' hope in his breast by poring over his newspaper and its se- 
ductive "Want Advertisements," and was inclined to indulge in 
a little speculative philosophy. 

"Now, 'ave they?" he persisted in a tsne that challenged re- 
ply. " 'Ow can that dawg 'ave a soul?" and he kicked viciously 
al a stray cur. 

A man with a five days' growth of beard and a collarless shirt 
looked up. 

"What is a soul?" he asked, in a voice that seemed strangely 
refined to belong to such a waif. 

There was a silence, for the sailor was taken aback and did 
not know what answer to give. But he was not to be beaten so 
easily, and soon remarked with determination: 

"A soul goes up Above. Leastways, so it is with hus, but not 
with dawgs and 'osses." 

"How do you know?" was the reply. "There are many men 
who could take a lesson in kindness of heart from their dumb 
servants. Read all that there is in that paper you hold, and 
you may not be so sure about the matter." 

"But they 'aven't got souls," said the philosopher with con- 
vincing logic. 

His opponent stretched his arms wearily, and clasped his hands 
behind his head. 

"Listen, my friend," he said, in even, passionless tones. "Two 
weeks ago I landed in this city, and since that time 1 have spoken 
to a hundred of my Eellowmen if I have spoken to one. of some 
I have asked work, and of ice, and thai has been suffi- 

cienl to make me determine to ask help of none, even though I 
should be starving. But last night, as [ walked up Howard 
street behind there, I stopped and patted a horse, and it rubbed 
ils nose against my shoulder. Further on, I raised a dog in my 
arms, and it was grateful, and was my friend through the long 
hours until day. They wet retched and ill-treated 

than even I was. but ten the law that draws 

Boul to soul. Soul, T say. yes: for surely they had souls and had 

i ■ osl them, as had those men who were BUG© A could 

no; sympathise With one who was not." 

lie did not wait for an answer, bul walked a--. 

Bgure. Crossing the network of tro - in front of 

tin' Kern Building, he disappeared among the wooden shacks 

that -till stand to remind us of the earthquake and 
three years 

The accusation »J a captain of de the effects 

of the race course en tin' criminal element was i scathing. 

lie says it keeps the criminal a criminal, and makes the honest 
man one. According to him. every thug and pick-pocket keeps 
tab on the racing season, and swarm after them to one place or 
another. Crime, a. cording to him. is aggravated over a hundred 

m. Young clerks, iie ave 

•ithlv draw letting ring, and by far most of the 

3C from the insane p - gel money to bet 

ilish thing. Gambling ■ w weak men can 

m San 1" rith its 

Kincr\\ ille and San Quentin 


Here is a door that opens on 

A chamber, darkened, full of gloom. 
A ghostly light shines in upon 

The dwellers in this spacious room. 
Her.' Fear and Trouble pace about; 

Anxiety, and Woe, and Grief. ; 
Foreboding, Weariness and Douht, 

And Worry that escapes relief. 
.This door I call "Forget fulness" — 

In letters deep the word is cut — 
And though the dwellers madly press, 

I keep it ever tightly shut. 

This other door "Remembrance" is. 

It opens on a cheerful scene — 
Past joys, and little tastes of bliss. 

And happy moments that have been. 
Dear Peace and sweet Content are here, 

And little deeds of kindness done; 
And Hope, and Love, and Faith and Cheer, 

And blessings that my life hath won. 
This door is open all the while, 

Flung wide that every one may share 
Possessions that make life a smile, 

And put to rout all thoughts of rare. 

— John Kendrick Bangs in Ainslee's. 


American Plan 

Rates Single Has Rates Double 

$4.00 Its Own $7.00 

$5.00 Squab Ranch $8.00 

$6.00 Live Stock Farm $9.00 

$7.00 Poultry Ranches $10.00 

Vegetable Gardens $11.00 

Private Country Club 

Race Track and Polo Grounds 

Private Livery Wireless Telegraph 

Art Gallery and Picturesque Golf Links 

Good Table Good Living Cheerful Service 

Rates Graduated to All Reasonable Requirements 

Accommodations for One Thousand Guests 

Artesian Well and Refrigerating Plant 

Conservatories and Green Houses 

A Whole Mile of Geraniums 

We Open all the Year Round No 

Produce 30,000 Fine Rose Bushes Better 

All of Our Children's Grove Table on 

Own Staple Zoo 60,000 the Whole 

Delicacies Pigeons Pacific Slope 

Would be Pleased to Send You Booklet 

MILO M. POTTER. Manager 

Union Lumber Company 

Redwood and Pine Lumber 


Redwood Ties. Telegraph Poles. Shingles. Split Shakes. 
Main Office — Crocker Bldg.. San Francisco 
Yards and Planing Mills— Sixth and Channel Sis.. San Francisco 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 30, 1909. 

of at least two and a half millions to repair and restore the great 
dykes encircling the islands which have been damaged by the 
rush of waters. 

As Others See Us. 

The "United States of Europe" 
against the "United States of 
America" is revived by a Dutch pub- 
licist, Herr Von Zuydam, in a late contribution to a Berlin 
magazine. The Holland alarmist points to the fact that the 
United States of America is progressing industrially, financially 
and commercially at a rate that in the next twenty years will 
make it the only solvent nation in a bankrupt world. He de- 
clares we are invulnerable from the standpoint of war. "United 
Europe," writes the publicist, "might thunder its guns against its 
shores and be compelled in the end to retire financially exhausted 
without inflicting a scar. America has Europe at its mercy. Eng- 
land could not exist without the cotton crop from the Southern 
States; France and Germany are growing more dependent yearly 
on American products. The United States reaps the harvests 
from a continent, and its trusts have mobilized its industries to 
effect a maximum of production at a minimum of cost. Europe's 
weakness is in its tremendous armies, that stand guard at its 
frontiers. America's greatness is in its industrial battalions that 
glean the gold from the rest of creation. We have reared im- 
passable boundaries between peoples who would live and act in 
harmony but for separation enforced by tradition and continued 
by politicians. All nationalities work in harmony on the other 
side of the Atlantic. They fatten and prosper with the years, 
and in Europe the spectre hunger approaches more ominously 
with the flight of months. The Government across the sea ex- 
ists for the benefit of its people; here the subject lives only for 
the spoliation of the politicians. Under such conditions, the 
end is not difficult lo see or our future a problem hard to solve." 

The American trust, as Herr Von 
The Trust Has Made Us. Zuydam views our conditions, is the 

factor that has made the United 
States foremost among all earthly powers. "We have expended 
billions in armies while the American trust has invested billions 
in the development of the resources of the nation across the sea, 
and in bringing industrial conditions to the highest state of per- 
fection. The American trusts have wooed and lured the gold 
from this side of the water to exploit the resources of their own 
country, and they are now compelling us to pay them $500,000,- 
000 a year as a premium for their remarkable enterprise. The 
American people can control the operations of the trusts, but we 
cannot. They have invaded Europe and are driving our indus- 
tries to the wall. Their superb organization and colossal opera- 
tions enable them to defy competition and gather the harvest 
from our own fields. To war upon America would be suicidal," 
and, as the writer puts it, "we must beat down our boundaries, 
and Europe as one nation might in fifty years so readjust itself 
as to be independent of America and possibly save itself from 
the beggary that must come upon it if the nations do not. unite 
against the commercial and industrial encroachments of the 
people from across the sea." 

Millions Lost 
Through Flood 

The flooding of the islands of the 
Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers 
which section, on account of its fer- 
tility, has been not inaptly referrel 
to as the "Nile of California," entails a loss not far short of 
$7,500,000. Over one-half of the potato crop of the State is 
harvested from these islands, and about a fourth of the bean 
yield. The dairy interests are extensive, and great areas are 
given over to the finest asparagus grown in the world, while the 
canners obtain the largest share of pears from these fertile I, nek 
The rich sediment yields two and three crops a year, and is in- 
dependent of rain. The lands are below, or at river level, ami 
are easily and economically irrigated. This section of the Stall-, 
though not inviting particularly for residential purposes, has 
coined fortunes for an industrious class of renters and small land 
owners. The recent flooding, however, puis these lands mil of 
commission for this season, and gives a hint of the high priced 
that will rule for potatoes in the local market. Those conver- 
sant with the situation declare it will necessitate the expenditure 

The activity last week in Comstocks 
Ambitious Manipulators, is charged to inside manipulators. 

who are credited with an ambition 
to work up a "boom." The reports from the mines are not such 
at the present time to give rise to any great enthusiasm, ami it 
is to be feared that the schemes of the manipulators will net be 
gilded with reward. The Southern Nevada -leeks are holding 
their own, and, in fact, trading is far more active than was 
anticipated it would be at the beginning of the year. The total 
output of the Goldfield mines to December 31, 1908, is officially 
given as having a value of $10,891,657. The Stock and Bond 
Exchange had a very quiet week, and from sympathy with the 
Eastern exchanges, there is not much likelihood of an improve- 
ment until after the inauguration of Taft. Much interest is 
being manifested in financial and commercial circles as to how 
the incoming President will deal with the problems of the day 
in his first message. 

The weak and declining lone of oop- 
Stocks AND MeTALS. per stock is attributed to "a deal" 

being worked by those opposed to 
the present rulers of the red metal market. The bear feature is 
apparent in all stocks outside of the Standard Oil inlluenee. 
This applies to the industrials as well as railway securities, ami 
advices received here prestige an impending battle among the 
billionaires of Wall street. In fact, it is a "watch and waif" 
condition of affairs, and as prices are already well up, caution is 
advised in speculation. Conditions arc more promising for 
selling than buying at the preseni time. The advance in silver 

will probably continue under the big demand for subsidiary 
coinage by European and Asiatic nations. Germany and Russia 
are heavy purchasers oi silver, and China and Japan an- in- 
creasing their store of the while luetal. Predictions are made 
that under the increasing demand silver will go to high water 
prices within the next few months. 

There is much jubilation among the 
Caxnkiis are Jubilant, canners over the report that Dr. 

llarvev W. Wiley, of the Bureau of 
Chemistry, has been over-ruled in his obstinate stand against the 
use of benzoate of soda as a preservative. The fad of the matter 
is. Dr. Wiley has long been regarded as a fanatic who is making 
the enforcement of the pure food laws a farce. In the District 

of Columbia, where his authority is supreme, he obstinaloh re- 
fuses to permit the use of harmless compositions in Ihe coloring 
of butter without that fact tieing placarded on the article offered 


Investment Securities 


412 Montgomery Street San Francisco, Cal. 

Zadig & Co., Stock Brokers 

Tonopah, Goldfield, Bullfrog, Manhattan, Comstock. 
Fairview and Rawhide Stocks. Have option on shares 
best Rawhide properties for a few days only. 324 Bush 

Private 'Wire Chicago — New York. 


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Member \ Chicago Board of Trade 

(. Stock and Bond Exchange, S. F. 
Local and Eastern Stocks and Bonds 

Main Office 

Mills Bide. 

Tel. Kearny 482 

Branch Office 
Hotel Alexandria 
Los Aneeles 

Jakuaby 30, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


for sale. A ng his ludicrous regulations is thai againsl the use 

of anything in ice-cream other than cream. All other composi- 
tions had to be labeled as "iced custards." While Dr. VViley 
is conscientious in his crusades, he lacks discriminative ability. 
Benzoate of soda, which is used in almost all canned and pre- 
served goods, has been declared In I he raosl eminent authorities 
to be no more harmful than common salt. In t'aet, its effects are 
beneficial, to a degree. Dr. Wiley, however, obstinately refused 
to listen to the testimony offered by the eanners, ami ii was 
not until the latter appealed to the President to granl relief in 
the matter that Wiley was curbed in his arrogant assumption of 
authority and a commission appointed to investigate the merits 
of benzoate of soda. 

Pros and Cons 
of the Storm. 

The general tie-up by land and 
water, on account, of the storm, has 
sent prices kiting in produce. Pota- 
toes are selling up around the $2 
mark, and until the roads leading to the various shipping points 
in the interior are open to travel, prices '.\ ill he sustained down in 
the produce section. The mine operators are eomplaining of too 
much storm, and in some of the Nevada districts, where they 
have had a share of the unusual down-pour, the pumps are in ne- 
tive operation. "This storm has set us hack several weeks," de- 
elares one disconsolate operator from the Sagebrush State. In 
some of the California districts the rain has been welcomed as 
promising a plentiful supply of water, sdiich is the reverse of 

what has been the ease during the past Iwo seasons. 

A review of the progress made dur- 

Mining in Philippines, ing the year in the development of 
the different mining properties in- 
dicates that those interests are greatly encouraged and that there 
is prospect of greater activity during the coming year. Few, noi 

familiar with the prevailing conditions in (lie archipelago, may 
appreciate the remarkable manner in which (he pioneer miners 

and prospectors have accomplished impossibilities and are slowly 

winning viclnry from apparent defeat. 

The two mining organizations in I'engucl have proceeded 
slowly but surely in their operations with the result that the 
future of the companies is bright, 'the Consolidated started 
with a three stamp mill ami has noi onlj doubled the capacity 

of the mill, hot added an extensive cyanide plant id' Hie nm-i 

modem equipment. All this improvement has been paid for 
out of the proceeds of the mine. Prom the daj the firsl carload 

of ore passed into the hopper the mine has paid ils nun way and 

supplied the funds to treble its original capacity. 

The Bus Mining Company has demonstrated its faith in the 
district by installing a modern plant, and while it has not been 
in operation for a lengthy period, the prosp - future are 

bright. In the Paracale districi seems to bave b> m struck the 
bonanza of placer mining in the islands. The average cubit yard 

of dirt dredged by the Paracale Company prodi I $1.26 

spells "Inmijii a" in large letters. Little, if any, placer ground 

in the world can show such a record on a six months' a 

This report of the a mourn save, I nui Berve to draw a smile from 

the incredulous, and indeed th tnent he- 

giving out the information for thai \ B 

is still working, and (here is no barbed wire fence around it to 
prevenl (he seeker after truth to authenticate the report. There 

is no stock for sale in any enterprise launched in Paracale, so 

t the publication of the report i< DOl in the interest 
company or its shareholders. Ii demonstrates, however, t! 
Philippine Islands are exceptionally rich in gold, and that capi- 
tal well directed by experience may Snd in the ai 
most desirable avenue for investment in the development of its 
mineral wealth, the surface of which has not at this time been 
than scratched. 

Even though Naval Construi to 11 

himself of the "unwritten law" to chai 
llcnrx . it is neverthe 

civ will he punished by his brother oftii 
be hounded out of the service, or p 
escapes a conviction -martial fo 

an officer and a gentleman." Hi- conduct 

hospitality and then making love to (he 
tainlv hi- - 

. A. Evans did not avail 
-ti-, Lieutenant S. M. 


cr>. He will probably 

titry. in I 
r "conduct unbecoming 
in accepting a friend's 
lattcr's wife, ma 


\ naval officer, discussing the endless round of social func- 
tions which demanded attendance mi peril of court-martial dur- 
ing Hie laic Pacific trip, delivered himself to a reporter in Manila 

as follows: 

"There are many officers who an so equipped temperamentally 
llial a social function is a positive torture to them. 

"No hosl or hosless I know would feel at case if they knew 

that fully half their guests were accepting of their bospitalitj 
only because thc\ were ordered to do so by the commander-in- 
i hief. 

''When I he dreaded summons is received on board the flagship, 
the chief of staff, flag secretary or some, other stall' officer gets 
perniciously busy, and after estimating the social weight of the 
invitation, signals the commanding officer of each ship to detail 
a certain number of officers of certain rank to attend. Then 
the executive of each ship in turn selects the list of victims from 
the list of officers, who are not on other duty. 

"These officers are ordered to attend the function, just the 
same as they would be ordered to lead a landing party on a for- 
lorn hope, and a number of them would prefer the latter job." 

There can be no question that many a hero who would face 
death nonchalantly on the battlefield is seized with qualms of 
timorousnesB under the volleys shot from the assembled batteries 
of bright eyes at some ultra function. The leave uniform covers 
many a palpitating heart on these occasions, and those nnfor- 
tunates, "so equipped temperamentally that a social function is 
a positive torture to them," have my profound condolences. Per- 
haps ambitious hostesses may revise some of I heir plans on read- 
ing the frank statement of this officer. 


Mr. A. Ballenberg, well and favorably known throughout San 
Francisco as a splendid citizen ami a musician of exceptional 

ability, passed away, in In- seventieth year, on last Tuesday. 
Ballenberg and his orchestra were household words in San 
Francisco, and Mr. Ballenberg was many years one of the very 

best of the local violinists. His ahilih the pit was likewise 

phenomenal. Hi ra, up to Verj recenl limes, was the 

recognized music producing organization for the social function. 
Ik was a mem her of the Musicians' Mutual Protective Union. 

One of the brig i. 3an Francisco bas ever claimed 

as a citizen died on I a si Tuesday. Charles Ackerman was known 
everywhere in the circles of business activity. In him was 
thai had never allowed the cut. and dried processes of bu 

to dry the milk of human kindness. IP was a native of New 
( trleans, bul was prai as he had from 

early hi d all his promol ioDS and made lii- -n 

lie was connected with many of the big enterprises of San Pran- 
i isco, being a director in gas companies, amusement enterprises 

and a hundred other activities, lie was ai one time an offii 

i i ■ Governor's stall'. Mr. Ackerman will he much missed among 
us business associates, and In - San Ft 



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San Francisco News Letter 

January 30, 1909. 

Councilman Jackson of Oakland has announced himself as 
candidate for Mayor of the Athens of the Pacific. The amiable 
doctor is opposed to the preseni incumbent, Mayor Mott, on every 
count, commercial, political and philosophical. Also he is 
fathered by a number of Good Government clubs opposed to Mott 
on the same grounds. The fight will simmer down to a con- 
sideration ,j. the waterfront. That's a chronic stale with Oak- 
landers. When a trans-bay politician is in doubt, lie plays the 
waterfront. It is always trump. The implication thai thi rei - 

dents of Alameda County traded their waterfront for a - 1- 

house and didn't get the school, is denied by Doctor Jackson. The 
Good Government organizations echo the denial. It is pro 
i,\ the Doctor to go ahead and take possession of the whole works, 
to toss Mayor llott's compromise agreement with the corpora- 
tions into the bay and to make of the "white meat" along the 
Alameda shore a thing of beauty and a joy forever among the 
shipping fraternity. The doctor is young, full of vim, a 
of no mean ability, as his fellow councilmen can testify, and 
above all, he is honest. Mayor Mott may be any one or all of 
these things, less the bat in the eye Time always gives one, but 
the fact that his brother has stood in the Assembly at Sacramento 
with the cut-throat gang that would. perpetuate the Emeryville 
race track, is being considered to his detriment. It is believed 
that his honor the Mayor is tarred with the same bookmakers' 
stick that his honor the assemblyman wears with such unbecom- 
ing grace in the lower house. The screech of the amateur states- 
man at the capital when he found that honesty and d< 
won a victory in the Committee on Public Morals, will echo in 
Hie ears of not a few voters when the respective merits of 
Mott and Jackson are being weighed. The same unholy gam- 
bling power that sent a Mott to the Assembly to defeat the will 
of the people was instrumental in seating the other Motl in the 
Mayor's chair. The question is: Will il have sufficient strength 
to keep him there? 

* * * 

In these days of stress, many of us have just enough for our 
immediate needs, and many of us. just how mam. of course, iffl 
do not know, have not enough. There are certain ladies in Oak- 
land who feed twenty and more of the needy every day, and there 
are men who give awaj considerable money everj week in dimes 

and quarters to the destitute. The stereotyped for f address 

of many of the mendicants is something like ibis: "Sir. I haven't 
a cent of money, and I am very anxious to return to the citji! 
1 an yon lei me have ten cents?" Why are all of these people so 
anxious to get back to San Francisco? 

Not long ago, one of these men stopped one of Oakland's pros- 
perous merchants and asked for the fare to San Francisco. The 
merchant had a ticket, and gave this to the solicitor. The result 
was that the down and out-er threw the paste-board at'the donor; 
remarking that he wanted the money. Query: Did this maaa 
vt ish to go to San Francisco? 

* * * 

In M. J. Kelly, treasurer of Alameda County, the politicians 
have a brother of whom they should be proud. Kelly has had 
greal suQc-ess in politics, and ii has come to him because he has 
been "on the square." Nowhere is his influence stronger than 
in the Oakland city bailiwick, and he may have aboul an 

he asks for. It has 1 n his habit ever - ,1 his qualil 

ties as a boss to pjoi ide material for the police department. There 

■"'' many m i the bur., to-d i - their appointment to 

Mike Kelly. 

. 1 here was :c a nun who desired to become a patrolman, and 

Kelly put him there. Before his position was assured, the man 
remarked thai be h el $350 to spend for the place. He was warned 
by every one who knew Kelly ao i to saj money to him. or it was 
!i than likely that lie would never lie a policeman, lb .lid 

not 'Show the bribe to Kelly, but all the same ii ff as paid to 
others that the poor delude, I weakling though! would nave ... bi 
appeased. He did not know thai il wa- all Kelly. 

Later the appointee desired to be promoted to the rank of de- 

tective. He stood in line for the rank, and had every chance. 
But Kelly had heard of the money transaction, and made his 

... The man is still a patrolman. 

* * * 

Several interesting little stories are at the foundation of the 
■ ninity existing between Mayor E. K. Taylor, of Alameda, and 
President of the Alameda Board of Health, Dr. dames Emmett 
Clark. In addition to the distinction as head of the lleallh 
Board, (.'lark is President of the Epworth League and owner of 
ill. White Cross Hospital. Some time ago Taylor made strenu- 
ous . Sorts for the removal of Clark, but he failed of success. 
Since then there have been many lively passages of recrimination 
between the two men with the honors about even. 

Rumor has it that Taylor has called Clark a grafter, and ac- 
o-l him of holding out money due the city from the use of 
the municipal ambulance. He also had l he city physician's sal- 
ary raised from $100 to $250 a month, and admitted in a let- 
ter that this was done to pay for a banquet given by the board. 
At last Taylor removed Clark as head of the Board, but the coun- 
iled to sustain him in the action, and Clark is still strongly 
enough intrenched to tell what he thinks of his Honor.. 

* * * 

A company is about to be formed in Oakland for the purpose 
of building a tunnel beneath the bay between San Francisco 
and Oakland. It is proposed to capitalize the new company al 

$5, .oiio, and plans have already been drawn for the tunnel, 

and details of the boring and construction has been worked out 
by F. T. Kewbery, a prominent civil engineer. Newbery figures 
that the total cost of boring the tunnel, laying a double track, 
providing a power bouse, and purchasing rolling stock, would be 
$3,000,000. This does not include the cost of terminals, one of 
which will be situated in East Oakland and the other upon a 
San Francisco site not yet decided upon. 

The tunnel as planned would commence on the street level 
in Oakland. At three miles from Oakland the plans make (be 
top of the runnel 114 l'ect below the surface of the bay. Al 

the si ■ line of San Francisco, the tunnel is 131 feel below the 

surface. The tunnel is projected in a straight line, the excava- 
tion being 32 feet wide and 10 feet high. The length of the 
tunnel is to be five miles, and it is estimated that the trains, lo 
. operated by electricity, will make the trip in six minutes. 

Behold, another healthy News Letter dream come to pass. 

* * * 

This little story illustrates the popularity of Eeverend Charles 
R. Brown, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Oakland, 
with all the members of his flock. One of his first visits on bis 
return from Europe recently was made to the Sunday school of 
I he church. It was crowded that Sabbath morning with every 
child thai belonged to the classes. In answer to the warm wel- 
come, the reverend gentleman began to make a few appropriate 
remarks, when one of the youngsters seated well in the rear 

and screened Er view, gave vent to ids enthusiasm with the 

current exclamation, "Oh, you kid!" After a hysterical minute, 

Brown wenl on wilh bis address, ami the close relationship ex- 
isting between him and the children was cemented tighter than 

* * * 

Politics and disputations on politics produce as many ruptures 
a- differences of "pinion on color. Recently in Oakland. Justice 
of the Peace W. 1.'. Geary is said to have called on Councilman 
A ii ki ii and informed him that he could not give him his influence 
present campaign, and that Aitken would have a hard pull 
in a renomination for councilman. One word led to another; 
Aitken called Geary a liar, and deary led oil' with his right 
and punched the City Father. Whether Aitken retaliated is not 
known. !,ul anyway il is stated by a high authority on city Gov- 
ernment that the two former friends are at outs, and that the 
end of the fight is not yet. 

* * * 

The moral of this tale is. don't Btretch in a canoe. A canoeing 

enthusiast has two dogs, of which he i- i.-rv fond, and he i- in 
t'oe habit, or rather has been in the habit of I. iking Ihein will. 

Sim .mi hi- jaunts in his cai on the estuary. A short time ag i. 

after be had paddled out some distance from lb.. -I . one of his 

dogs got restless, and became imbued with the desire to stretch. 

flic canoeist noticed the dog's intention and called to him. Bit' 

in. dog insisted upon exerting himself, and an awkward mOVP- 

iii. ait of his body overturned the canoe and threw the line., o, - 

cupants in (he water. As it happened, all were g I swimmers, 

ami there were no fatalities. 

Januaky 30, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


District Attorney W. H. Donahue vouches for ibis story. S 

years ago when he was a young' and promising member of the 
bar in Oakland^ he was often pitied against i>. c. Connors, a 
fellow attorney, and now a resident of Salinas. Connors, ac- 
cording to Donahue, was the only man he could never get along 
with. They were continually in dispute, and especially in cases 
at law in which they were on opposite sides was this evident. 
Things came to a tension finally, and they never spoke when they 
met on the street. 

At last they found themselves as opposing counsel in a case in 
which Connors became personal and Donahue belligerent. Dona- 
hue dared Connors to come outside until he changed his features 
for him. The challenge was declined. Later Connors left Oak- 
land, and Donahue did not hear from him again until a few days 
ago, when he received a letter from his old enemy. Connors 
wrote that he was glad to hear of Donahue's appointment as 
District Attorney. He congratulated him for the convictions of 
Mrs. Isabella J. Martin and Peter Claudianos, and hoped for 
his continued success. And Donahue is still wondering why 
Connors wrote that letter. 

Oakland has a certain millionaire who thinks a great heap of 
his money. He has been so long in accumulating it that he 
thinks he has really acquired it for good. He is getting on in 
years, too, and he has a splendid chance to put it to good use, 
hut he is adament and stone and a few other impervious sub- 
stances, and will not let go. He finds, however, that his big 
house has to be looked after occasionally, and the grounds sur- 
rounding his dwelling place must he kept in order. He has also 
found how to have this work done on the most economical basis, 
and for a year and more he has been hiring an out-at-elbows, 
poverty-stricken tatterdemalion who, down and out, does this 
big task for 85 cents a day. There lias never been a talk as to 
raising this man's pay, and he is m>u afraid to ask for it. He 
feels that if he does he will be incontinently given his eonge. And 
there arc days, it is said, when the rich man grudges to give 
his Lazarus even this pour crumb. 

When will women learn to be careful of jewelry and 

money!'' The average woman who has jewels will generally 
leave them- in her hotel room, or if washing her hands in a car 
will leave them on the wash-stand. A prominent detective told 
me recently that he was scut for by the wife of a prominent 

railway official. She missed her dia ds from her trunk at 

home. lie arrested the chamber-maid, and was unmercifully 
berated by the lady, who ordered him to release' her. He said 

he would, after she returned the jewels. She returned them. 
"Did she reward you?" "Beward h— — II." I ^claimed. "She 

said she believed the girl was onlj looking at them because she 
said so. Besides, she had been with her ten years. Ml thi 
the girl's saying sin 1 did not ha\e them. Nor was -he dis- 

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hall, a 
a quai 

voice i 


• the plain songs, called by some eminent professors "rag- 
that stir the common heart. I saw this graphically illus- 
last week. An entertainment was being giver in a small 

ml as the evening was wet, I strolled m after parting with 
ter. As the hour grew late, a young woman, gifted with a 
lapable of great feeling and expression, sang most patheti- 

"Kor my darling, Nellie Gray, 
Is in Heaven there, they say, 
And they'll never lake her from me any more." 

At this juncture, the passionate, virile tones of a man abruptly 
took up the refrain: 

"Yes, I'm coming, Nellie Gray, 
As the angels clear the way, 
And they'll never take you from me any more." 

As the piano ceased, and his deep voice trembled away, a soft 
noise was heard, and a young woman slid gently from her chair 
to the floor. Her black and sombre garb afforded mute evidence 
of the direct application of the homely lines to her ease. Tender 
hands assisted and revived her, and saw her safely home. Bui as 
I letl the hall, I realized that it takes homely songs — ungram- 
matically expressed and sung to rag-time, if you will — to produce 
such an effect as that. 

The Prohibitionists are after the army canteen. They 

say two per cent of alcohol is too much. The fact that sup- 
pressing the canteen has increased drunkenness to a lamentable 
extent in the army doesn't feaze them. They call the canteen 
with good whisky "compromising with sin." Well, if we can't 
rout sin, shouldn't we compromise with it? Better compromise 
than ignominious defeat. Concession to the devil comes mighty 
handy when he has you down. Dying for principle, like dying 
n martyrdom, in my judgment is bad taste. Surrender with 
conditions is preferable to assault by the enemy, followed by no 

1 gave San Francisco live years to recover, she would be 

totally rebuilt qovi had tl ar strike aol been. 1 know of no 

instance in history in which determination, enterprise and in- 
dustry have so quickly triumphed. It We ndous price 
to pay, but it, loss of lit'' excepted, was a good investment. Willi 
Government, such a- we have. Eastern capital i- coming 
in. I.os Angeles is delightful in winter. Bui out citj is more 
than delightful winter and summer. What do we lack? Ilasn'l 
nature lavished upon us everything needful? 'I'" me, 
climate, location, etc., there is an indefinable charm too subtle 
for analysis. 


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Oakland Branch 198 12th St «6 Golden Gate Ave.. San Francisco 

Phone Oakland 5507 P hoDe franklin 3676 


San Francisco News Letter 

January 30, 1909. 


The Home Insurance Company of New York made a sur- 
prisingly good showing on the coast last year, owing, undoubt- 
edly, largely to the prompt and liberal manner in which its ad- 
justments were made and losses paid during the big fire of 1906. 
The Home prides itself not a little upon being the firsl company 
to announce that if won 1.1 pay its San Francisco conflagration 
losses in full upon adjustment. Another feature thai makes a 
policy in thi Home peculiarly desirable is its conflagration fund 
specially set aside for the purpose of meeting extraordinary losses. 
This fund, which is added to yearly, now amounts to $800,000. 

The total assets of the Home now am i to $24,856,499, of 

which $9,882,8?! is surplus over all liabilities, and $13,682,82] 
a policy-holders surplus after providing for reserves of nearly 

Heretofore the Prudential lias never written a policy outside 
of the United States, but this year it has resolved to enter Can- 
ada, and a license from the Dominion Government has been se- 
cured with this end in view. A deposit of $100,000 has also 
been made. Within a very short period, offices will he estab- 
lished in Montreal, which will he the headquarters, and all other 
important centers of the British Dominion. The Prudential 
now has the astonishing number of seven and a half-million 
policies in force, and one and one-third billion dollars insurance 

on its books. 

* * * 

Premiums collected in San Francisco lasi year by lire insur- 
ance companies aggregated $4,818,350, apportioned as follows: 
California Companies, $209,4-10: other State companies, $2,911,- 

336; foreign companies, ■ r 1.6!>1 ,•">", -1. The Hon f New York 

leads, with $398,161; Liverpool and London and Globe follows 
with $375,002; the Royal is third, with $244,689, and the Aetna 
is fourth with $31?,892. Removal of merchants from the high- 
rated districts of Van Ness avenue and Fillmore streets to down- 
town districts, where the rates are lower, have had the effect of 
lowering the total collected under 1907 some $900,000. 

* * * 

The attempt of the real estate men and lire insurance under- 
writers to have the fire limits extended one block west of Van 
Ness avenue has received a cheek from the property bidders in 
iliai district. Arguments pro and con were listened to by the 
Hoard of Supervisors on Monday, and definite action postponed 
for one week. 

* * * 

The Southern Insurance Company of New Orleans, of which 
Robert Dickson, formerly for many years a resident of San 
Francisco, is president, will probably reinsure ami retire from 
business. It is understood that this move was decided upon by 
the Dickson interests to forestall an action on the pari of the 
minority stockholders to have a receiver appointed. The total 
income last year amounted to about $800,000, with reserves of 
approximately $480,000. 

* • * 

In the ease of James McEvoy, dr.. against the Security Fire, 
the following hypothetical questions were put to the court and 
if was asked lo decide whether the lire insurance company was 
liable or not : 

1. Whether, if an earthquake destroyed a building, the com- 
pany would be liable. The court held that where there is an im- 
mediate destruction there is no liability, according to the policy. 

2. Suppose an earthquake caused a lire in a building, for ex- 
ample, the upsetting of a stove, wpuld the company be liable? 
The court held that it would be liable, because there a de- 
struction by fire. 

■i. By the same reasoning, if a fire was caused in one building 
and if spread to a neighboring building, would the company still 
he held for the liability? The court said the company would be 

* * * 

On the Pacific Coast, lire insurance companies fared bettej 
than in many other sections, so-thai those companies have been 

fortunate for the time being which have had the largest share of 
the Pacific Coast business. Nevertheless, there has been a dis- 
tinct decrease in premium income in that section, owing partly 
to shrinkage in values and partly to reduction in rates which 
lias been a marked feature. Competition is even stronger than 
before the big lire, but the outlook for 1909 is regarded as bright, 
owing to satisfactory trade conditions. One marked feature of 
the year just closed is the number of new companies organized or 
resuscitated. The capital being attracted by the results follow- 
ing ihe San Francisco disaster. The stress of competition thus 
produced will tend temporarily to reduce rates and increase the 
commission cost to buy business off of the books of the older 
companies. The feature, coineidenlally with increased rate 
of burning, will result in the retirement of many of the weaker 
companies, to be followed by a reaction in rates. This phase of 
things recurs in cycles in the business of lire insurance. 

* * * 

Ballard Smith, of San Jose, has been convicted of arson. — 
Edward Brown & Sons have been succeeded in the Pacific Coast 
agency of the German Union Fire of Baltimore by Dickson c. 

Thieinc. — 1). A. Spencer has been re-elected as manager of the 
San Francisco Brokers' Exchange. — Manager .lames F. Cobb, 
of the Dixie Fire, is visiting the home office of his company. — 
The Sluyvesant will enter Oregon under (I. M. Seeley. — The 
American Home of Seattle has surrendered its charter, and will 
not complete organization. — The Golden State Life of Dos 
Angeles expects to begin writing business on March 1st. — The 
Imperial Fire of Denver has declared a 6 per cent dividend. — 
The Fireman's Fund made an increase in net surplus last year 
of nearly 50 per cent, and the total assets are $514,112 more than 
I hey were one year ago. — Tdaho has been added to the Pacific 
Coast territory of the Firemen's of Newark. — The Insurance 
( 'omniissioncr of Ihe Slap' of Washington has ordered the assets 
of the Walla Walla Fire, which were turned over to the new 




Fireman's Fund Insurance Company 

Capitaf, $1,600,000 

Assets, $6,000,000 

California and Sansome Streets. 
San Francisco, California. 

Cash Capital, $200,000. 

Cash Assets. J62g.181.16 

Pacific Coast Casualty Company 


[Employers' Liability, General Liability, Teams, Elevators, Workmen's 
1 '..iici-iiv.-, Vessels, Burglary, 1'laiu Glass Insurance. 

Officers Qdmund E\ Green. President; John C. Col*? man. Vice-Presi- 
dent; P. A. Zane, Secretary; Ant. Borel & Co., Treasurers; F. P. Deerlng. 

Directors — A. Borel, H. E. Bothin, Edward L. Brayton. John C. Cole- 
man. F. P. Deering. E. F. Green. James K. Moffltt, J. W. Phillips. 
Henry Rosenfeld. Adolph A. Son, William S. Tevis. 

1 lead 1 tfflce- Merchants' Exchange Building, San Francisco. Marshal 
\ Frank Company, General Agents for California, 4»a Montgomery Street 
San Francisco. 

The Connecticut Fire Insurance Company 

Of Hartford. Established 1S50. 

Capital ctock $1,000,000 

Surplus to Policy Holders 2,402.730 

Total Cash Assets 6,366.877 


British and Foreign Marine Insurance Co. Ltd. 

Of Liverpool. 

Capital $6,700,000 


The We?jt Coasl: Life Insurance Co. 

San Francisco, Cal. 

A strong, well managed institution; organized under the rigid insurance 
laws of California. Its policy forms are clear and explicit and define and 
guard the Interests of policy-holders as do those of no other company, 
Ask any agent, or write the company for sample <>r policy formB. 

January 30, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


American Eoi if Seattle, returned to the receiver oi the Walla 

Walla. — Contrary to general expectation, very little insurance 

legislation has thus lax been attempted ai Sacramento. 

* * * 

Mutual fire insurance Tympanies in Oregon will oppose the re 
pea] of tli" preaeni state law which exacts b deposil of $50,000 
before an outside company can do business there. — Among the 
distinguished visitors of the past week were J. C. Remmer, of 
Liverpool, sub-manager of the Liverpool and LondoD and Globe; 
Insurance Commissioner Sehiveley of Washington, and C. I. 
Hitchcock, of Louisville, Ky. — The Pacific Board lias addressed 
a complaint to the San Bernardino City Council criticising the 
city's lack oi' lire protection. 


The pernicious influence of labor unionism in (lie body politic 
is being keenly felt just now in every part of the nation. The 
effort of a few members of the California Legislature to so em- 
broil the United States in tangles with Japan that in all proba- 
bility would result in an armed conflict and the loss of thousands 
of human lives and millions of money, to say nothing of the 
utter destruction of our Oriental commerce, is traceable directly 
to Hie influence of organized labor. Organized labor has become 
an avowed destructive agency in national as well as in commu- 
nity well-being. Its leaders long since carried the organization 
far away from its original purpose, and it is now a mere political 
machine for destructive purposes, and to antagonize whatever 
is good and wholesome in the nation's industrial and economic 
life. Fortunately, a genuine American Is at the head of the 
national Government, with a will and a hand willing and si long 
enough to crush this Sacramento conspiracy to involve the coun- 
try in a cruel and wicked war with a friendly people merely to 
please at best a thoroughly disloyal sentiment of an organized 
conspiracy plowing the seas of human progress under a flag as 
black and as merciless as used to ride the breeze at the masthead 
of a Spanish Corsair. 

Rut what should lie said of the Legislator who would lend his 
vote to jeopardize the peace and welfare of the nation for labor 
union influence to insure his re-election? Are not such men 
double-dyed traitors to their country? The anti-Japanese bill 
before the Legislature is not now the issue, however. The issue 
is, may the Legislature of California assume the right to leg 
on international affairB and annul treaties solemnly entered into 
between the National Government and a foreign cation, wherein 
the sacred honor of the signatory powers is pledged to faithful 
performance of the obligation? John ('. Calhoun more than 
half a century ago. essayed to nullify national laws and court 
decisions by Stale Legislative enactment, bul he failed in his 
effort and weni to his grave in disgrace for treasonable act. 
If flic great Calhoun failed to over-ride the national Government, 
the fate of certain pygmy "statesmen" in the California Legis- 
lature, who are playing ai the same game al the behest of organ- 
ized labor, is already written in the annals of the State's political 

records. The issues between the United States and Japan, if 

there be any. will he settled in Washington and Tokio \<\ states- 
men and not by "walking delegates." either in or oul of the 
California Legislature. Bless the Lord for the court injunction 
and the President's n< 


As the News Letter hoped and predicted, tHe navigation 
school instituted by the Board of Education is proving both 
popular and -ii, ci Bsful. There arc nearly l" pupils already in it. 
divided into two classes, according io proficiency and 

Mr. J. T. McMillan, the efficient head of the Nav a 
School, is working diligently to advance its interests, and is now 
proposing to supplement, or. rather, advance, the school room 
instruction with practical work on board cither the Slate Naval 
Militia ship Alert, or one of the State tugs. With the occasional 
if these, Mr. McMillan can take his pupils for short 
trips I" Heads, place instruments in their hands, and 

make them do the actual work of navigating. There is ., groat 
different n "working out sights," in the theoretical work 

•i and the actual practice work with sextant, 
compass, chronometer and pelorus under sea conditions. 

Mr. McMillan has the right j,lca. which is directly in lini 
what the Mews Letter has urged foi - 

The Cosmos 


Opposite Palace Hole) 

Table d* Hole Lunch. 50c 


Sliced Tomato 

String Beans 
Cream of Onions 


1'onipLino Meuniere Tenderloin of Sole, Tartar Sauce 

Pot Roast, German Style 

Lamb Eplgramme Jardiniere Brains, Brown Butter 

Tagllarlnl and Cheese Boiled Beef and Cabbage 

Club Sausage and Risotto 

Roast Beef Roast Lamb 

An Extra Entree, 15 cents. 


Apple Pie Ice Cream Watermelon 

Strawberry and Cream Nutmeg 

Pistache Cake 

Swiss Cheese Roquefort Cheese Brie Cheese 

An Extra Dessert 10 cents. 

/ 7*^y 7 z 7 / 7 ^ 




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The Leading Restaurant 


of San Francisco 

or A la Carte 

342 Sutter Street San Francisco 



Miss Nadyne Parker, Lyric Soprano 
Miss Anita GUI, Mezzo Soprano, 









N. W. Corner 
Polk & Post StS. 
San Francisco 

Franklin 2960 

Old Poodle Dog Restaurant 

824-826 Eddy St., near Van New Ave. Formerly at Bush St., corner 
Grant avenue. Phone Franklin 63. 

Tho now Japa i Marsh's), « th rare, high Jap- 
anese art exhibit, are now open in the Fairmont Hotel. 

tt TT pr<t Open Evenings Including Sundays 

] I L V Music Sundays. 


at 326 BUSH STREET. Bet Kearny and Montgomery Sts. 


Dinner, Sundays and Holidays 
DINNER, With wine 75c With wine, J1.00 


San F 

rancisco iNews 



January 30, 1909. 





The coming automobile season is to be openerl early by the 

local members of the Automobile Dealers' Association. Febr \ 

7th, is the date set for the first endurance ran of the year, which 
is to be from this city to Oakland and return, via San Jose. Ow- 
ing to .the present conditions of the roads, the run has been 
rightly termed a mud plug test. 

Charles S. Howard, chairman el' the inns ami tours commit- 
tee of the Automobile Dealers' Association, will have charge of 
the proposed tour, and has made mil a schedule of five hours for 
each hall' of the trip. As the distance is close to one hundred 

miles, the contestants will have to keep up a pretty lively S] I 

in order to average the required mileage. The condition of the 
marls will undoubtedly give the motorists sufficient opportunity 
for the testing of their cars. 

According tn present indications, the coming endurance run 

will create a great deal of interesl among the local automobile 

-enthusiasts, being, as it is. the firsl of the season, and one of the 

first events of this kind to he held where the local motor car 

owners can take part, 

* * * 

According tn advices received by the News Letter, the automo- 
bile show in Los Angeles is attracting great crowds of interested 
spectators every day. The show, which is one of the largest ever 
held in the southern metropolis, is proving both a financial and 
artistic success, and the exhibitors are reporting numerous sales 
from the exhibition. 

Over one hundred automobiles of all makes ami models are on 
the floor of the exhibition building. Forty-four exhibitors had 
cars entered, at an estimated value of over three hundred thou- 
sand dollars. Close to thirty thousand people attended the -how 
during the week. Among the novel features of the show are a 
number of ears of racing history, such as the famous Locomobile 
machine, which Robertson drove to victory in the Yanderbilt 
race, the Reo Bird, which has made numerous records on track 
meets throughout the East, the famous White racing car. 
Whistling Billy, and others. One of the machines exhibited by 
a prominent agent was equipped with gas for heating and cook- 
ing, and with batteries with which to supply light for the interior 
of the car. 

Among the fastest cars shown on the floor are the Stearns, a 
full line of which are on exhibition. The Stoddard Dayton and 
Franklin machines are also among the prominent exhibitors. 

* * * 

Probably the most important feature of the local automobile 
trade, and one thai has long been delayed, is the appearance on 
the streets of taxieahs. from the "Renault factory. The local 
branch of this company has received the first shipment of these 
little competitors of the carriage and cabby, and arc now using 
the machine in the passenger service. Already the taxy has 

jumped into favor with the theatre-goers and shoppers, anil at 
every performance of the local playhouses, the taxy has now be- 
come a well-known factor in the distribution of the crowds. 

The opening of the taxicab business in this city will mean a 
rapid increase in that special line of motor car industry, as the 
sale of these machines and the general use of them for hotels and 
theatres will be the cause of a great many of them being sold in 
this city. Bene Marx, local representative of the Renault Coin- 

TO be the owner of a 
Studebaker automobile 
is positive proof that you 
are familiar with the trend 
of opinion in the selection 
of a car. Our display of 
machines is the most com- 
prehensive on the Pacific 
coast. It is an auto show 
in itself. Demonstrations 
at your convenience in 
any of our many types of 
automobiles. We can make 
immediate deliveries upon 
your acceptance of a car. 

Fremont at Mission Phone Douglas 3000 


Luxurious open or closed Motor Cabs for hire 
at all hours. Reservations for Theatres. Shop- 
ping. Business and Social Calls may be made 
by telephone. 

Pacific Taximeter Cab Co. 

FAY C. BEAL. General Manager. 

316-322 Van Ness Ave. Telephone Market 981 

RENAULT The Car Guaranteed For Life 

Reliability, Silence, Simplicity 

Speed, Endurance 


316-322 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, Cal. 

Telephone, Market 981 

January 30, 1909. 

and California Advertiser 


pany, rep . ■ ■ i other Reuaull taxicaba on t ho way 

from the factory, and expects to have ai teas! twentj more 
vice in this city within the next month. 

* * * 

The Governor and Good Roads. 

The Governor's demands should be made a mailer of urgency 
and the bill providing for the bond election passed by both houses 
at Hie earliesl opportunity. There is no measure of such im- 
portance before the Legislature. The Good Roads movement is a 
movement for the prosperity of every our in the State, and the 
Governor lias taken the strong, practical method ol' developing 
ii along the quickest lines. There should be no delays in the 
matter that the bond election may be ordered at once and the 
roads begun under the least delay possible. In many instances, 
severe overflows would have been prevented if the roads through 
the great basin of the Sacramento and the San Joaquin had been 
little more than the raised sides of a plowed furrow. Our roads 
are a disgrace, and it is high time that we took steps to make 
them practical, at all times of the year. The farming communi- 
ties of the State pay a large proportion of the State's taxes, and, 
if we cannot furnish them with the proper kind of highways, it 
is high time that we acknowledge that our claims and boasts as 
a commonwealth of wise and refined people are based on bun- 
combe and dreams. California needs good roads badly, and it 
should be given good roads by its legislature now that the Gov- 
ernor of the State lias pointed out the practical way to obtain 

such highways. 

* * a «. 

Automobile Fire Engines. 

We have motor ambulances, motor delivery wagons, motor 
patrol wagons, in fact the automobile principle has been success- 
fully applied to almost" every form of vehicle. But why is the 
Fire Department so slow about adopting it? Self-propelling 
(ire engines and horse carts would be of great value. Some say 
Ihev cannot climb steep hills, but they can — at least as rapidly 
as horses can. Even if they could not, they could reach the 
scene of action by a circuitous route more speedily than horses 
could by a direct up-hill one. Let us have the automobile fire 
engine. Alameda will receive the first automobile engine (.$8,000) 
next week. What ails San Francisco? 

Owing to the unpleasant weather of the present month, the 
local automobile trade has been quiet. Notwithstanding the 
Btorms, however, the sales of machines reported by the members 
of the San Francisco motor trade are good. Demonstrations in 

mud and rain only give the local demonstrators a chance to prove 
to the prospective purchasers of ears the merits of their respoe- 

(ive machines. \li of the local representatives of motor cars ex- 
ped to have a banner season, the beginning of which will come 

u iih the clearing up of the weather. 

* * » 

During the ninth annual Automobile Show of the Association 
of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers at Madison Square Gar- 
den this year, there wa< on exhibition a Pierce Anew suburban 
ear, the interior decorations of which were in authentic Louis 
XVI style. The ear attracted more attention probably than any 
other exhibit al the Garden. At the salesrooms of the Earrolds 
Motor Car Company m 64th street, jusl of] Broadway, another 
Pierce enclosed car was shown. This was finished in Cii 
walnut with inlays of natural and stained woods. Both cars 
were the product of the Art Departments of the Pierce Arm« 

Meier t lar ( lompany. 

* * » 

George II. Woodward, automobile machinist, is to remove lo 
:;i ll\. ! below the location occupied by J. W. Leavitl & 

Co., in their new establishment Mr. Woodward is well 

as one of the most capable men in line repairing and in 

«,, i, o| a ] m. He is lot a ed at 11 l-is Fulton at the 

present time. 

* * * 

Details of the new Hcrreshoff ear. to appear in February, 
are n..w made public, together with the interesting announcomenl 

thai tin 'ire Tacit ,1 be handled by 

the Reliance Automo 

* » » 

.1. W. Leavitt, at of the Stod 

ears was a visitor at the Los \ v, after which hi will 

attend ind then pay bis respects to the 

managers of the Stoddard Dayton and Reo f* 


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